Action after 100 house fires

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A NEW scheme is being launched to identify those homes in Hucknall and Ashfield that are most at risk of fire.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has developed the plan after more than 100 house fires in the district since January 2010.

Most were started by cooking, electrical faults and cigarettes, the service said.

Crews will work with agencies including Ashfield Homes to identify those most at risk and will be encouraging more people to fit smoke alarms and take other precautions.

Ashfield station manager Richard Cropley said he hoped to ‘significantly’ reduce the risk of house fires in the area with the scheme.