A SENIOR fire officer has called for the public's help in stamping out deliberate fire starting.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service has launched a appeal with residents asking them to report deliberate fires after a blaze in Greenfield on Good Friday that had crews battling flames and managing the site for over seven hours.
Crews from Holywell, Flint and Deeside were called to the inferno that destroyed one partially-built house and severely damaged another by radiated heat on Greenfield Road, Greenfield just before 5.20am on April 18.
The buildings had to be demolished, such was the extent of their damage.
A fire investigation concluded that the blaze was most likely started deliberately.
Paul Scott, from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Deliberate fires cause a big drain on our resources - when crews are called to attend life-threatening incidents such as house fires and road collisions, appliances are not diverted from a deliberate fire – they are the next available fire appliance.
“This may involve a time delay which could prove fatal.
“We rely on parents and members of the community to work with us to drive home the messages on the consequences of deliberate fires – so we’re appealing to the community to help ensure the number of deliberate fires are kept to a minimum.
“I’d appeal to parents to be aware of the whereabouts of their children and impress upon them the message that deliberate fires endanger lives.”
There were also a series of other deliberate fires over the Easter weekend in Flintshire, including two rubbish fires within 90 minutes of each other in Queensferry on Saturday night.
Mr Scott added that starting fire deliberately can also have criminal repercussions for those responsible.
“Setting fires is a criminal offence. We’re actively working with Police to combat deliberate incidents, using the police helicopter to look out for perpetrators,” he said.
“Anyone with information on such crimes is advised to anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”