Fire service issue warning after response to hoax call

Cars caught fire in Wolvey, Hillmorton and Rugby
Cars caught fire in Wolvey, Hillmorton and Rugby

Beds Fire and Rescue has reminded pranksters that hoax calls can cost lives after a crew was sent to a bogus blaze in Houghton Regis on Monday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched from Dunstable to Cumbria Close after a call was received at 12.35am, but later found the report to be a malicious false alarm.

A fire service spokesperson said: “Our crews will respond to all reports of a fire...if it is bogus then they may not be available to respond to incidents where lives may be at risk.”