YOUTHS are being warned about the dangers of setting deliberate fires after crews were called to two hot spots in the borough.
Firefighters attended Grange Road, in Bryn, twice on Sunday evening after gangs set a wheelie bin and sofa alight.
A blaze was also reported at Norley Hall Adventure Playground, Lamberhead Road, at 8pm on Sunday, after arsonists set fire to a large wheelie bin and pieces of wood.
Crew Commander Mike Fairhurst, of Wigan Fire Service, said: “We have been having a lot of problems in both Grange Road, in Bryn, and Lamberhead Road, in Norley Hall, with deliberate rubbish fires.
“They have become hot spot areas, particularly during this time of year
“Lucky both fires were confined, but they pose a huge risk to themselves and others.
“They are damaging other people’s properties and can be prosecuted for it.
“The fires have left a great big burnt out mess.
“We are trying to educate the youngsters that they are ruining their own parks which are there for their own use.
“I don’t think they realise the consequences of their actions.
“Whilst our crews are tackling these fires, someone’s life could be in danger elsewhere.
“If anyone sees any youths setting deliberate fires, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”