Six Sutton Park fires in week after latest arson sparked 50 firefighter response

Firefighters have battled six blazes at Sutton Park over the last week. Fifty firefighters called to three fires on Saturday are believed to have been started deliberately.

Nine fire engines and two 4×4 brigade response vehicles were involved in tackling the arson attacks. This was after it had threatened to spread quickly due to wind conditions on Saturday, July 1.

While 21 firefighters extinguished a fire affecting gorse, heathland and grassland near the Toby Carvery on Chester Road on Sunday, July 2. It follows 15 firefighters working to extinguish an area of grass and scrubland on fire, close to the Banners Gate area of the park, on June 29. While a dozen officers out out a heathland fire, close to Longmoor Pool, on June 26.

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A fire service photo of the fire in Sutton Park near Longmoor Pool with orange flames and smoke
Several 999 calls were made to report a big fire in Sutton Coldfield’s Sutton Park which took hold late into the evening

Operations Commander Jason Holt said the number of fires attended by West Midlands Fire Service in the park over the past week is a concern. He said: “Our crews have responded to and extinguished six fires in Sutton Park in just a week. This included a particularly serious spate of incidents on Saturday afternoon, which are believed to have been started deliberately.

“At the height of the third fire on Saturday, we had 11 appliances in attendance and around 50 firefighters. Such incidents place unnecessary demand on our fire control and firefighting teams, potentially diverting our crews from unavoidable emergencies.

“We pride ourselves on our five-minute attendance standard, but incidents like these threaten to stop us from reaching people in need in that time. These fires also put our crews, members of the public, animals and wildlife at avoidable risk, and we would urge those responsible to stop.” Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 or via their live chat, or make an anonymous call to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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