FIREFIGHTERS were kept busy dealing with numerous fires over the weekend.
Crews from Stranton Fire Station were called to two suspicious grass fires near separate golf clubs within minutes of each other.
One crew was called to the sand dunes at the rear of Hartlepool Golf Club, in Speeding Drive, at 6.10pm on Saturday.
Just 20 minutes later, a separate crew was called to a similar fire on dunes at the back of Seaton Carew Golf Club.
Firefighters spent 15 minutes at each incident.
A crew was sent to a steel rubbish container fire at a compound at the Park View Industrial Estate at 10pm on Saturday.
Despite spending half an hour at the scene, firefighters had to let the skip-size container burn out on its own after encountering access problems including a barbed wire fence around it and signs warning of guard dogs.
A crew was sent to the rear of Wynyard Road shops, where a wheelie bin was on fire.
The incident, which happened at 11.30pm, is being treated as deliberate and firefighters spent half an hour there.
At 1.15am, firefighters answered a false alarm when they went to Sheriff Street after receiving reports of someone seeing smoke coming from a house.
But upon arrival, the crew discovered a group of people having a barbecue in a back alley.
At 5am yesterday, a crew was called to the rear of Lime Crescent where a wooden fence and a conifer tree were on fire.
Fire chiefs said the blaze could have spread to nearby garages.
Sunday’s night-watch was sent to a bonfire in Glamis Walk at 10pm yesterday and spent five minutes at the scene.
A crew on day-time duty on Saturday were called to Thornton Street, in the town centre area, where some bushes were on fire.
Firefighters spent five minutes at the scene.