Town bin fires stopped from spreading by swift action from firefighters

Firefighters were quick on the scene
Firefighters were quick on the scene

Bedford was hit by a string of arson attacks last night as several bins were deliberately set on fire.

Swift action by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue firefighters prevented the blazes becoming serious when they were called to the Ampthill Road area between 11pm and 11.30pm on November 2.

The fires were in Millbrook Road, Althrope Street, Aspley Road, Houghton Road and Ossry Road. The bins were relatively full as today (Tuesday) is collection day.

Fire crews from Kempston and Bedford Community Fire Stations attended the fires which were quickly extinguished using fire hoses.

The fire in Millbrook Road was in two bins behind Corals bookmakers, and spread to the air conditioning units at the rear of the building. It was extinguished by the owner.

There were no casualties and the Police are investigating.

Borough Commander (North) Chris Ball said: “This is not a bit of harmless fun. As the fire behind Corals shows a, bin fire can quickly spread to nearby buildings and this could have been a lot worse had firefighters not been in attendance so quickly to put the fire out.

“Whoever set these fires was extremely irresponsible and only the quick response of the Fire Service prevented these incidents from getting out of hand and threatening local people’s homes and lives.”

If you have any information on these incidents please call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at