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Firefighters warning to smokers after spate of bin fires

Grace Witherden

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Grace Witherden

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Discarded cigarette butts cause bin fire in Langley

Discarded cigarette butts could have been the cause of a bin fire at flats in Langley last night.

Crews from Slough, Langley, Windsor and London were called to the blaze in Common Road at 10.00pm.

They used breathing apparatus and a hose reel to put out the fire and stayed after to make the building  safe.

Firefighter Graeme Hartley, from Langley Fire Station, said he believed the cause was discarded cigarette butts.

He said: “We would ask people to be very careful of disposing cigarette butts, and not smoking in the bin stores.”

During the weekend, firefighters were sent to the neighbouring block of flats, Byron House four times due to bin fires. They believe the cause of these fires was also due to cigarette butts.

Yesterday a meeting was held with the Residents Association, Thames Valley Police, Community Wardens and the Estate Owners with firefighters about the incidents.

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