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Heatwave fires 'could be avoided'

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Fire crews in Cornwall have warned that many blazes they have been called to during the current heatwave "could be avoided".

Firefighters said they were called to three hedge fires, a gorse blaze and a bonfire on Monday alone.

They added: "If you smoke, think carefully about how you dispose of your cigarette, as the ground is very dry."

Anyone having a controlled burn should also "consider if it's safe to do so", and call the service to let crews know when they intended to have it.

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Fire rips through sheltered housing
Residents, some of them elderly and with disabilities, had to be evacuated from their homes.

'Life-endangering' hoax callers made to fire service

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Fire controllers have issued a warning after a "spate of hoax calls" over the weekend.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said its critical control centre received 17 hoax calls on Sunday.

It is illegal to make hoax calls and people making them can be fined up to £5,000 or sentenced for up to six months in prison, Cornwall Council said.

Control operators said they realised the calls were not genuine and so did not deploy any resources.

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People don’t always think about the consequences of their irresponsible actions. In the worst case scenario, a hoax call endangers lives and can cause serious harm to property. Anyone thinking it’s funny or just a prank should think again."

Cllr Sue JamesCornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection

Parked car blocks Bodmin fire station exit

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Car blocks fire station. Pic: Bodmin Fire Station/Facebook
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An "irresponsible" motorist who parked a car in front of a fire station's main doors - blocking in its fire engines - made a "serious error of judgement", firefighters say.

It happened at Bodmin Fire Station in Cornwall on Saturday night.

"Of all the parking spaces, I really don't think this was their wisest decision," the station said on social media.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said the incident was reported to Devon and Cornwall Police and the vehicle was removed about two hours later.

A spokesman said if the station had received a "shout" before the car was moved, it would have had no option but to move the vehicle using "any necessary means".

Pilot suffers 'minor injuries' in St Agnes plane crash

Matt Small

BBC Radio Cornwall

The pilot of a light aircraft that crashed in a field near St Agnes has been taken to hospital after suffering minor injuries.

He was the only person on board the aircraft when it came down at Sevenmilestone.

Cornwall Air Ambulance attended the scene, along with fire crews, land ambulance and police.

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Fire crews attending light aircraft crash near St Agnes

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A light aircraft has crashed in a field near St Agnes, Cornwall.

The four-seater plane came down near a garage at Sevenmilestone and nobody is believed to be injured.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said it is currently unsure how many people were on-board the aircraft.

Crews deal with numerous flooding incidents

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service says crews dealt with numerous weather-related emergencies in the county on Thursday night.

It says appliances were mobilised from Newquay, Falmouth, Perranporth and St Dennis to incidents involving flooding.

Firefighters preparing for 10-mile race in full kit

BBC Radio Cornwall

Three Cornwall firefighters will be running a 10-mile race, also known as the Hillish and Hellish run, in Looe and Talland this weekend in full fire kit.

Ash Baker, Jack Blackmore and Richard Iverson will be running up and down the hills in the town in their fire suits, helmets and carrying breathing apparatus to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity.

Ash Baker, Richard Iverson and Jack Blackmore
The Hillish and Hellish Ten mile Firefighter Run

Ash says he is expecting it to be tough: "We're going to go out and give it our all on the day.

"The fire kit is very hot. It's designed to keep out 1,000C of heat in a fire.

"It's going to be interesting. I think the heat is going to be the main issue as well as having the breathing apparatus on our backs.

"It's going to be brutal. It's going to hard. We're just going to do the best we can and we're hoping that people can get out on the streets and push us along and get us over that finish line."