Tuesday 26 September 2017

'You needlessly wasted our resources' - Dublin Fire Brigade slam vandals

(stock photo)
(stock photo)

Kathy Armstrong

Vandals are setting bins on fire, wasting over-stretched emergency resources and could prove fatal, Dublin Fire Brigade has claimed.

DFB shared a map on Twitter of a string of bin fires, stretching from beside the Ha'penny Bridge to Hatch Lane, taking in at least six other stops along a one hour walking route.

A spokesperson wrote:  "You set at least 8 separate bins on fire, you needlessly wasted our resources and you walked the long way!

"Early hours Wednesday."

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DFB said that bin fires can have serious consequences.

In a Facebook post today, they said: "In the early hours of Wednesday morning we noticed a spike in bin fires, it soon became apparent that an individual was setting fire to bins on their journey.

"Bin fires, like any fires, start small but grow large and can spread to adjoining properties or vehicles causing danger to life and causing tens of thousands of Euro worth of damage.

"In this case, the fires were extinguished quickly, but some ESB Networks equipment was damaged and a large office block had to be ventilated, which made resources unavailable for more genuine emergencies."

While they noted the person behind the blazes was "apparently intent" on starting them, they shared some tips for how property owners can prevent potential arsonists lighting fires.

They advise:

1: Keep your bin secure or locked away

2: Avoid, where practical, leaving your bin out overnight

3: Don't overload your bin, or have material hanging over the side

4: Keep bins away from cars or property

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