Fires started deliberately on Rodway Common

Avon Fire & Rescue Service have been called to four reports of fires on Rodway Common in Mangotsfield in the last week, three of them believed to have been started deliberately.

On Friday 8th April crews from Kingswood fire station were called at 12.20pm to deal with a fire and found a bush alight. They used a hose reel to extinguish the fire, the cause of which is thought to be deliberate.

On Saturday 9th April firefighters from Yate tackled a fire on a section of shrubland. The call came in at 2.44pm. The crews used an aqua backpack, a fire beater and two buckets of water to extinguish the flames. In this case the fire is thought to have been accidental.

The following day crews from Kingswood were called at 2.45pm to reports of a fire and found a section of grass and bracken alight. They used a hose reel, fire beater and a bucket of water to extinguish the flames. The cause of that fire is thought to have been deliberate.

Then on Monday of this week crews from Kingswood were called at 4.06pm to deal with a section of grass which was alight. They used a hose reel and fire beater to extinguish the flames. The cause of that fire is also suspected to be arson.

The fires follow a recent spate of anti-social behaviour in and around the area. At the end of March we reported that police had stepped up their patrols on Rodway Common and nearby Manor Road in response to reports of objects being thrown at cars.

In one incident on Saturday 26th March a woman driving with her young child had a lucky escape when the car windscreen was smashed by a brick thrown from the embankment.

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