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Bright sparks! More than 450 Bonfire Night calls ... but no major incidents.

Byline: By NEIL ATKINSON News Editor

BONFIRES kept fire crews in West Yorkshire busy overnight.

A total of 435 calls were received by the brigade between 6pm last night and 8am this morning.

But there were no major Bonfire Night incidents.

Among the calls were 140 small fires in the open and 59 bonfires.

A total of 27 property fires were reported, 21 vehicle fires, two house fires and four building fires.

There were 41 false alarms, mainly due to automatic fire alarms being accidentally set off, but the alarms also included bonfires that were under control and five malicious calls.

In Huddersfield, firefighters received 14 calls and had to attend eight of them.

But in most areas, thousands enjoyed Bonfire Night fun safely.

They included the hundreds who turned out for the Shepley Cricket Club

bonfire, which drew large crowds to Marsh lane.

Inconsiderate parking by people at one bonfire event led to fire crews being delayed on their way to a job.

Firefighters from Brighouse had been called to assist three other fire engines with a fire at a derelict school at Moorfield Street in Savile Park, Halifax, at 7.40pm.

But people at a bonfire event had parked their cars on the A6025 Elland Road, causing traffic problems.

It took the Brighouse engine 30 minutes to get through, by which time another appliance had been called out.

One firefighter from Brighouse said: "They had to send for another engine instead of us. It could have been a house fire we were trying to get to. The consequences could have been serious."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 6, 2008
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