Return to FireNet News Index
This article was reproduced with the kind permission
of the British Broadcasting Corporation



Tuesday, 6 November 2007, 11:59 GMT
Estate fire crews fear for lives

Firefighters say they are in fear of their lives on a Grimsby estate after being attacked twice in two weeks.

A fire engine came under a hail of fireworks and bricks on Monday night as crews attended a blaze in Wingate Road on the Willows Estate.

Two weeks ago, crews were pelted with milk crates and a fireman was attacked with a fence post in the same street.

"We are fearing for our lives when we go on to that estate," said Humberside fire service spokesman Glenn Ramsden.

Fire officers had to call for urgent police back-up as fireworks and bricks were aimed at their fire engines shortly before 2200 GMT on Bonfire Night, their busiest night of the year.

'So dangerous'

Nobody was injured in the latest incident, but the fire service fears it is just a matter of time before one of its crew or a member of the public is badly hurt.

Mr Ramsden said: "It is just so disappointing for the crews, it's just so dangerous.

"It just goes on and we don't know where it is going to end."

Fire officer Dave Fisher said: "We have now had a couple of incidents with the potential to cause serious injury to people or possibly kill people."