‘Fires’ nothing to worry about

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RESIDENTS will see some smoke and fire activity in their neighbourhood today and tomorrow – but they are being assured it is nothing to be worried about.

Between 10am and noon and then 1.30pm-2.30pm today and from 10am to noon tomorrow, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service will be carrying out a planned exercise in Mansell Crescent, Peterlee.

Flats 1, 3 and 5 will be used to conduct “burns” during the stated time periods and there will be four fire engines in attendance, including an aerial ladder platform to ensure that the situation remains under control at all times.

The former homes are part of a scheduled programme of demolition which East Durham Homes and Durham County Council have allowed the fire service, together with Teesside University, to use the structure for the final practical exercise for students studying for a foundation degree in fire scene investigation.

Crews from Peterlee fire station will be in control of the exercises which will then be excavated and investigated by eight degree students who are practicing fire investigators from County Durham and Darlington, Essex and South Wales Fire and Rescue Services.

The investigation will take place at the scene of the fire the following week and will conclude on Friday, February 22, at Teesside University’s Middlesbrough Campus where the students will be conducting mock witness interviews with trainee actors from the school of arts at the university.