BONFIRE night firefighters attended 27 call-outs – one of which was an arson hit toilet block in a Hartlepool park.
Crews from Stranton Fire Station were called to 19 deliberate small fires during the 24 hours of November 5, which was an increase on last year’s figure of 13 incidents.
And they also received eight call-outs from members of the public, called ‘false alarms with good intent’, to check-out bonfires in the town which in the end needed no further action. There were 12 similar call-outs last year.
One of the incidents the crew was called to on Tuesday night was captured on camera by the Mail’s photographers.
Arsonists vandalised and set fire to the women’s toilets in Rossmere Park, off Rossmere Way, around 5.40pm.
A fire brigade spokeswoman said: “There was a burst water pipe and vandalism as well as the fire, so we contacted the police and Hartlepool Borough Council. The crew used a hose reel to extinguish the blaze.”
Police and fire crews are investigating the incident.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland police urged anyone with any information to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.
Across the whole of Cleveland, the fire brigade also recorded an increase in small deliberate fires, from 66 incidents last year to 69 this year. There was also a reduction in the number of false alarm with good intent call outs – from 53 last year to 43 this year. Phil Lancaster, director of community protection said: “Thankfully no major incidents or property fires occurred during bonfire night.”