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Field blaze in Longthorpe amid busy week for fire service

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Services tackle fire in the open in Longthorpe, Peterborough.
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Crews tackle field fire in Longthorpe (Photo: John Baker)

At 4.31pm on Wednesday, (July 21) crews from Stanground and Dogsthorpe were called to a fire in a field on Thorpe Road in Longthorpe, which was believed to be started accidentally. They returned to their stations by 6.15pm.  

In the last few days as temperatures have soared across Cambridgeshire and the UK, the services have been busy. 

Last weekend (July 17 and 18) the services responded to 42 calls across the county, with 13 in Peterborough. 

The services also received 28 false alarms from across the county with six reported in Peterborough. 

Head of community safety group commander Per Middleton said: “With the warm weather set continue, we want to encourage everyone to stay safe and to remind residents to take extra precautions to help prevent incidents, particularly outdoor fires. 

 “Things like making sure cigarettes are completely out before putting them in the bin, not leaving barbecues unattended, or not having them near fences or shrubbery will really help. 

 “It’s really important that parents talk to their children about the dangers of starting fires too. 

 “It can also be tempting to take a dip in open water while it’s hot, but we’re asking people to ‘Be Water Aware’, and resist the urge for the sake of cooling off. There can be many hidden dangers beneath the surface that can have deadly consequences, and even if the weather is warm the water can still be icy cold. 

 “We’d also urge people to check on the welfare of elderly or vulnerable neighbours, ensure they are keeping cool and staying hydrated while we are experiencing these high temperatures”.