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Fireworks Factory Fire Enquiry. Firefighters Strike Until Tuesday

A man who was arrested in connection with a fire at a fireworks warehouse in Stafford has been released. Two people are confirmed dead. Firefighters in England will strike until Tuesday.

 

Previous reporting

Two people have been reported 'missing' after a suspected arson blaze saw a fireworks warehouse spectacularly go up in flames. Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service are using the phrase 'missing'. police contacts are using the phrase 'presumed dead' having arrested a man on suspicion of arson and murder.

The fire could be seen from some distance, with fireworks exploding into the night sky.

Four people were injured and two were taken to hospital (with burns and smoke inhalation) as firefighters got the inferno under control. The fire service was in attendance until this morning (Friday 31 Oct). Investigators will work on beyond the start of the Fire Brigades Union strike which starts today.

 

Strike

FBU members in England will strike for four days starting this evening at 6:00pm over a row about pensions that has been going on all year. This latest strike is the longest. It will run until late Tuesday November 4. The weekend is expected to be busy - tonight especially as Halloween and Bonfire Night create a perfect storm of twenty-somethings, booze and bangers celebrating in high-spirits and costumes.

Penny Mordaunt the Fire Minister who has been inflexible in the face of FBU pleas, has said there are robust plans in place for the weekend and beyond. The FBU meanwhile is suggesting that temporary services could find themselves overwhelmed in some parts of the country.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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