Fire station charity clothing banks set on fire by dog ​​walker

Photo: Egremont Fire Station

A charity clothing bank – at a fire station in West Cumbria – was set on fire causing around £2,500 in damage.

In the early hours of Thursday, the Fire Fighters Charity container in the courtyard of the Egremont fire station was set on fire. It was full of items donated by the local community.

There are five containers on the site, where people drop off clothes they no longer want.

Egremont Fire Station said: ‘Nearby CCTV footage shows a man starting the fire at around 11.20pm. He has a dog with him which appears to be a Staffy. He casually stands by the fire, stoking it for about 10 minutes before walking away.

“This resulted in damage of approximately £2,500, the bank to be removed, the fence behind it was also damaged, a charge to remove all debris and the contents of the full bank which will no longer be funds which will be achieve charity.

Photo: Egremont Fire Station

Firefighters were alerted by two members of the public shortly after 12:00 a.m. They had tried to remove the burning bags next to the container to stop the fire from spreading.

The fire station added: ‘All five banks were full of donated clothing at the time and the fire had the potential to spread to all and the possibility of industrial premises behind had we not been alerted.’

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101.