CREWS from Northwich have tackled two fires in two days that have involved controlled burning.

Firefighters were called out to London Road following reports of a blaze at 8.47am today, June 3.

One fire engine from Northwich attended the scene and a hose reel jet was used to tackle the flames.

It followed a similar fire at a garden in Penrhyn Road at noon on Tuesday, June 2, where firefighters spent 20 minutes at the scene.

On arrival, the crew discovered the fire was extremely close to a fence.

Having concerns about the possibility it could spread, firefighters took the decision to extinguish it with a hose reel jet.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue has previously made an appeal to the public during lockdown against starting controlled fires, particularly in gardens.

Gus O’Rourke, assistant chief fire officer, said: “During these unprecedented times we need everyone to help us by staying as safe as possible.

“Since the start of the lock down situation we’ve seen an alarming increase in the number of garden related fires we are attending and we just don’t need it.

“We will always respond to emergency calls, but unnecessary fires such as these pull our firefighters away from other vital work and could expose them to the coronavirus.

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“All fires can easily get out of hand very quickly, especially grass fires, which can travel very quickly and change direction without warning.”

If any fire starts accidentally in your home then get out, stay out and call 999.