Fire service reports ‘relatively quiet night’ during first 12 hours of strike action

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The fire service in Suffolk has reported a “relatively quiet night” during the first 12 hours of a four-day union-led strike.

Crews attended a chimney fire in Creeting St Peter, a fire in the open in Halesworth and a garden shredder on fire in woods near Lowestoft.

There were also call outs to a fire alarm in a Long Melford care home and a fire in a villa at Center Parcs, Elveden Forest, which had been put out before crews arrived.

Chief fire officer Mark Hardingham said: “There are about 20 fire engines currently available across Suffolk and we would encourage people to take extra care over the Bonfire Night weekend.”

The strike action, over pension disputes, started at 6pm on Friday, and lasts until 6pm on Tuesday.