Fire service warning after hoax call claiming children were trapped in house

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning after a hoax call at the weekend which they say put “lives in danger”.

Two fire crews from Skelmersdale and one from Wigan responded to a call at 8.31am on Sunday (April 30) saying that there were children trapped in a home in Daniels Lane, Digmoor.

The caller urged the emergency services to get them out.

However, when the firefighters arrived at the scene, they found out that the call was a hoax and had been made maliciously.

Following the incident a spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Malicious calls can put lives in danger. It can take away essential resources at a crucial time.

“Some years ago in Blackpool a five-year-old boy died in a house fire. The fire engine nearest to him had been called away on a hoax call. “Back-up crews were there quickly but precious seconds were lost and the little boy subsequently died in hospital.

“When we say it can have disastrous consequences, it clearly is not empty rhetoric, it actually happens.

“The relatives of whoever makes the hoax call could be involved in an incident, such as a car crash or a fire, and be next in line to need the help of the fire service. We do not understand why someone would do this. It does not make sense. It is criminal behaviour, mindless and very worrying.

“The police have been notified and we will do what is possible to track the call and the culprits.”