Firefighters put out Rugeley grass fire after laughing gas cannisters found

By Liam Keen | Rugeley | News | Published:

Fire crews were called to a grass fire in Rugeley after people were drinking and taking drugs.

The aftermath of the fire and discarded gas cannisters

Officers were called to Etching Hill Road in the village of Etchinghill on Friday night after an area of land caught fire.

Residents on Facebook posted photos the next morning which showed the scorched earth alongside broken glass beer bottles and nitrous oxide cannisters, known as laughing gas.

The aftermath of the fire

A spokeswoman for Staffordshire Fire Service said: "Crews were called at 9.11pm to reports of a fire on Etching Hill Road.

"A 40 x 40 metre area of land was on fire.

"A hose reel jet was used and firefighters left the scene at 10.25pm."

One Facebook user said: "Thanks to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue for putting out the fire on Etching Hill.

"Hope the ambulance service were not needed for anyone who has been inhaling gas up there.

"What an awful waste of resources and tax payers' money dealing with these issues."

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319688.

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