Firefighters extinguished two fires involving wheelie bins in a street.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 3.56am on Thursday, August 28, to Princes Street, Southport.

The Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service control room received seven calls about the fires.

Firefighters used two high pressure hoses to extinguish the fires involving bins on the pavement. The fires were extinguished by 4.10am.

Crew Manager Graham Harris, who attended the call-out with Blue Watch firefighters at Southport Community Fire Station, said: “There were two separate fires which both involved wheelie bins which were near properties.

“We advise wheelie bins are kept somewhere secure and are only put out on the street on the day of the collection. We also advise bins are brought in as soon as possible after collection and they stored away from doors and windows.

“We also urge people to have smoke alarms in their homes. Smoke alarms can give you the vital seconds you need to escape a fire. People should make sure they have a smoke alarm on each level of their property and they check them each week by pressing the test button.

“We investigate every fire we are called to and pass information to the police to help bring those who commit arson to court and to face the consequences of their crimes.”

The fires were suspected deliberate ignitions.

A fire appliance from Southport Community Fire Station attended the call-out.

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