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Fire Service declare major incident as hot weather causes problems

Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service has declared a major incident this afternoon after multiple big incidents put strain on resources.


A large fire near Bradgate Park, a farm fire in Walton On The Wolds and a large recycling centre fire in Leicester are just a small handful of incidents being dealt with by the service.



Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service have declared a major incident. Photo: NEMM File Photo


A spokesperson said: “At 15:26 today, we declared a major incident at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service. This is due to our crews attending a large amount of calls across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

 

We are urging members of the public to only call us if it is an emergency, and to not take any risks in the hot weather.”


It comes as temperatures over 39C hit the area during a recent spell of hot weather.

 

Chief Fire and Rescue Officer Callum Faint said: “We have declared a major incident due to our crews being in attendance at a significant amount of calls across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.


Please do not call us unless it is an emergency. We’d like to also remind everyone to be careful and stay safe. Do not go swimming in open water. Be very careful if you have a barbeque and wait until ashes are fully cooled before disposing. Please also do not have any naked flames such as bonfires. Stay safe.”


Meltons fire crews have been busy over the last few days with multiple call outs including the farm fire in Walton On The Wolds and visits to give advice about fire safety.


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