FIREFIGHTERS were called to four deliberate wheelie bin fires across Hartlepool.
Chiefs say vital resources were tied up for an hour and a half and have appealed for residents to be extra vigilant in storing their bins securely.
Crews were called to incidents in Masefield Road, Kerr Grove, Glamis Walk and Goodwin Walk all between 7.30pm and 9pm on Monday.
It comes on the same day that council and fire leaders launched a bin awareness campaign in the Victoria ward after problems with fires, litter and theft.
Fire watch manager Jason Wood from Stranton Fire Station said: “We ask people to be mindful of where they store bins and not to make them accessible if there is a problem in the area.
“Also don’t store them too close to doors and windows as there is the potential for any fire to spread.”