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Fire call just after strike

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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FIRE crews were called to reports of a house fire in the Staffordshire Moorlands just three minutes after their latest strike action finished.

The Fire Brigade Union (FBU) had called strikes on Christmas Eve between 7pm and midnight, and between 6.30pm and 12.30am on New Year's Eve.

An additional strike was then arranged for Friday, January 3, between 6.30am and 8.30am.

At 8.33am on Friday crews from Longnor, Leek and Buxton were called to reports of a house fire with possible persons trapped at Windyridge in Longnor.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "We received a call at 8.33am on Friday.

"Three appliances were sent as it was thought that persons were reported. The fire was out on arrival.

"The cause of the of the fire was a faulty flue.

"Crews used a thermal image camera to check out the chimney area.

"One elderly person was in the property, but suffered no injuries."

The FBU has already called nine periods of industrial action, as well as one that was cancelled.

The union voted to strike following a dispute with the Government over members' pensions.

Contingency plans are put in place across the county ahead of the strike action and emergency response crews are available at strategic locations.

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