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Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue LogoFirefighters from Newport have responded to reports of a shed fire at a property in Cowes this afternoon, which has turned out to be a hoax.

Two appliances from Newport Fire Station turned out to Elm Grove, Cowes shortly before 16:40 after a 999 call was received reporting a garden shed alight.

Upon arrival of fire crews, it was made clear that there was no fire and that the call had been a hoax.

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Hoax calls can costs lives – in this instance two frontline appliances were taken off station and potentially away from a real emergency. In addition, retained fire crews have left their normal place of work to respond to the ’emergency’, which has a financial impact on both the service and employers.

This video spells out clearly the dangers of hoax calls. Only dial 999 in a genuine emergency.

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