Outcry over house fires; GOSCOTE: Arson at derelict homes 'putting lives at risk'.
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ANGRY fire chiefs have warned lives are being put at risk by vandals who are targeting derelict derelict n. something or someone who is abandoned, such as a ship left to drift at sea or a homeless person ignored by family and society.
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DERELICT, common law. houses and setting them alight.
Crews from Bloxwich and Walsall were called to a fire at a semi-detached property, which is due to be demolished, in Shakespeare Crescent, in the Goscote area at 11.10 last night.
It is believed the offenders got in through a hole in the roof or an open first-floor landing window and set the loft on fire, destroying the roof space as a result.
Leading firefighter Leading Firefighter (previously Leading Fireman and Leading Firewoman) was a rank in the British fire services, between Firefighter and Sub-Officer. A Leading Firefighter was usually in charge of a single fire appliance. Richard Elliott, from Bloxwich Station, said they have dealt with a number of fires in derelict houses in Shakespeare Crescent and surrounding streets over the last 12 months.
He said: "Scaffolding has been put up along the house ready for demolition but we believe those responsible climbed up that and got in through the roof, where tiles have already been removed.
"These houses are very dangerous places for people to go in - that includes both us and those starting the fires.
"It is very dark in the properties, there are floorboards missing in rooms and it is only a matter of time before someone falls and is seriously injured or worse.
"The fires in this area are an on-going situation for us and we are doing all we can in the area to try and stop them.
"We are also working closely with the police and the housing associations to try to get the houses knocked down as soon as possible. These incidents are also an unnecessary strain on our resources - last night half of the borough's fire fighting fire fighting, the use of strategy, personnel, and apparatus to extinguish, to confine, or to escape from fire. Fire-Fighting Strategy
Fire fighting strategy involves the following basic procedures: arriving at the scene of the fire as rapidly as resources were deployed at Shakespeare Crescent.
"We could end up with a situation where there is a serious fire elsewhere, with lives at risk, but we've been called to a derelict house arson attack again."