North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of playing with fire after three youths started a fire at a disused building in Harrogate.
Three fire engines from Harrogate and Knaresborough, along with an aerial ladder platform, were called to a three storey building at the Oval at 6.20pm yesterday after the children ignited rubbish and paper. The flames spread to upholstery and skirting board, it took 30 minutes for crews to extinguish the blaze.
A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "We would urge parents to speak to their children about the dangers of playing with fire and remind them that arson is a crime.
"Small fires can quickly get out of hand and spread to other buildings. Whilst we are attending deliberate fires fire engines are not available to attend other incidents.
"If any parents are concerned about the fire setting behaviour of their children they can make a referral to us, the details of how to do this are on our website (http://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/communitysafety/young-people/playing-with-fire).
"We undertake prevention work with young people, such as providing school talks, to warn of the dangers of arson and hoax calls."
Two hose reel jets and four breathing apparatus jets were used to tackle the blaze started by the children.
All three of were escorted safely from the building by fire crews and they were given a precautionary check by ambulance.
This was the second fire started by children that day, around an hour earlier rubbish was set on fire at the Skate Park at Valley Gardens. A crew from Harrogate attended the scene but the fire was out on their arrival.