Fire crews tackle “out of control” bonfire in Hampden Park


Firefighters were called to Hampden Park last night (May 19), to a bonfire which spread to the fence and shed of a neighbouring property.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service reminded the public to take care when building bonfires following the incident at a property in Decoy Drive.

Two fire engines from Eastbourne were sent to the address at 6.08pm, and crews used two hose reel jets to tackle the flames.

The cause of the fire was a bonfire which had got out of control and spread to both the fence and shed of a neighbouring property.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service issued the following advice:

Building a bonfire

Where and how you build your bonfire is important:

- only burn dry material not damp, which causes more smoke

- build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees

- check there are no cables - like telephone wires - above the bonfire

- don’t use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going - it may get out of control quickly

Bonfire safety tips

Once the bonfire is lit:

-keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby - in case of emergencies

-don’t leave the bonfire unattended

-keep children and pets away from the bonfire

-don’t throw any fireworks into the fire

-don’t burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint - many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury

- Once the bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting.

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