Arson warning after more blazes

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FIREFIGHTERS had a busy night after being called out to five suspected incidents of arson in the space of a couple of hours.

Crews from Peterlee Fire Station were called to two grass fires at the beach at Blackhall, off the Coast Road, shortly after 5pm on Monday.

Firefighters then went to Ninth Street, in Horden, after a pile of rubbish caught fire in the back yard of a terraced house.

Thirty minutes later crews were called to Emerson Court, in Horden, after yobs set a tree on fire outside a house.

The homeowner had put the fire out by the time firefighters arrived.

Shortly after 10pm they received reports of a shed on fire in the back yard of a house in Eleventh Street, in Horden. The contents of the shed, which included garden equipment, was destroyed but the shed survived the blaze.

Fire chiefs say the cause of all of the fires is now under investigation.

The incidents came just a day after fire chiefs hit out at mindless yobs for risking lives by deliberately setting fires and tying up vital resources.

Peter Brown, watch manager at Peterlee, spoke to the Mail after crews were called to deal with a fire at Castle Eden Dene, in Peterlee, on Saturday night around the same time a serious road accident had occurred, which saw a schoolboy airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough after a collision in Middle Street, Blackhall.

The 12-year-old boy was airlifted after complaining of neck, back and leg pain after his mum’s Vauxhall Corsa was involved in a collision with a Daewoo Matiz.

Fire crews from the station dealt with three incidents at the Dene in the space of three hours on Saturday night.