Firefighters furious over grass blazes

SINGED -- a field off Hucknall bypass that was the scene of a grass fire last week
SINGED -- a field off Hucknall bypass that was the scene of a grass fire last week

YOUNG arsonists are thought to be responsible for a worrying spate of grass fires in Hucknall that has infuriated firefighters.

On one day alone, there were four blazes, all of which are believed to have been sparked by irresponsible firebugs.

All of the fires were on land off Hucknall bypass between Watnall Road in the town and Hucknall Lane in Bulwell.

Firefighters were called out at 4.09 pm, 4.34 pm, 6.03 pm and 6.30 pm on Wednesday March 23. On each occasion, hundreds of square metres of grass were well alight.

The barrage of fires follows on from similar blazes on Wednesday March 9, Thursday March 10, Saturday March 12 and Saturday March 19.

Neil Chauntry, a retained firefighter based at Hucknall fire station on Watnall Road, said: “It is absolutely ridiculous. Each time we are called out, it might take just 15 minutes to deal with the fire, but it is taking firefighters away from other, potentially serious call-outs.

“We went through a period where we didn’t get many grass fires. But now the weather has started to improve, they are happening again.

“We need to get the message out there that this sort of thing must be stamped out. We seem to get this every year.”

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to ring the police on 0300 3009999 or call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.