Flame thrower blaze got out of control

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TWO teenagers who made a flame thrower from an aerosol can and a lighter had to call friends for help after the fire they started began to get out of control.

Alfred Cato (18), of Salem Street, Gosberton, and a 17-year-old, who can not be named for legal reasons, set fire to a box of rubbish, which then spread to an 18-yard skip after attending a party in Surfleet on June 3.

The pair both pleaded guilty to arson when they appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Prosecutor Rebecca Ritson said there were still embers burning in the skip on Bird’s Drove, Surfleet, the following day.

Rachel Stevens, representing the pair, said neither was more or less responsible than the other. She said both had been to a party and drank more alcohol than they would ever usually drink.

Miss Stevens said they both believed the fire had been put out with the help of friends.

Magistrates gave the 17-year-old a six-month referral order, while Cato was told to complete 80 hours of unpaid work and a 12-month community order. Both must pay £177 compensation.