'Fire can kill' fire service issues warning after deliberate bin blaze in South Shields
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has issued a stark warning that fire can kill after tackling a deliberate bin fire in South Shields.
Firefighters were called to a blaze involving four bins last night, with flames spreading to two houses causing damage to a fence and guttering.
The fire service believe the fire was started deliberately and are urging the community to report those responsible for deliberate fires.
A spokesman for the service said: "Last night crews from South Shields were called to a fire involving four wheelie bins which then spread to a fence and a first floor window and guttering of two houses in South Shields.
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"We believe this was started deliberately.
"If you know who is deliberately setting fires in your community please report it.
"Fortunately nobody was injured in this incident but fire can kill."