A house fire in Spalding where two firefighters were allegedly injured has led union leaders to call for greater protection.
Two men, Jason Lee Dodd (22) and Simon Harrison (24), both of Holyrood Walk, Spalding, are currently in custody ahead of a trial at Lincoln Crown Court next month,
Both men appeared before Lincoln magistrates this morning (Wednesday) after they were arrested at the scene of the fire, also in Holyrood Walk, on Monday afternoon.
Dodd is accused of assault, affray and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, while Harrison faces a charge of affray.
Lincolnshire Police confirmed on Tuesday that two men had been arrested in connection with allegations of assault against fire crews which came from Spalding, Holbeach and Crowland.
Ben Selby, secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Lincolnshire, said: “Firefighters are there to keep the public safe, preserve life and perform rescues when people are in trouble.
“This case will not stop brave firefighters from doing their duty and keeping their communities safe.
“In the meantime, the FBU will continue to ensure measures are put in place to see greater support for our members when they find themselves in difficult circumstances like these.”
WEDNESDAY 4.30PM: Pair to face crown court trial after Spalding house fire
Two men have been sent for trial at crown court on charges related to a house fire in Spalding which injured two people.
Jason Lee Dodd (22) and Simon Harrison (24), both of Holyrood Walk, Spalding, appeared before Lincoln magistrates this morning (Wednesday) after they were arrested at the scene of the fire, in the same street, on Monday afternoon.
Dodd was charged with assault, affray and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, while Harrison faced a charge of affray.
Both men were remanded in custody ahead of a trial at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday, May 15 at 10am.
Two patients were taken to hospital, one to Peterborough City Hospital and the other to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, as fire crews from Spalding, Holbeach and Crowland tackled the flames which broke out at about 5.45pm.
The cause of the fire, which badly damaged the house and a neighbouring property, is still under investigation by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue officers.
TUESDAY 10AM Arrests made after serious house fire in Spalding
Two men have been arrested in connection with a serious fire at a house in Spalding on Monday.
Police are holding the men, aged 22 and 24 respectively, in custody while investigating reports that fire crews were assaulted at a house in Holyrood Walk.
The 24 year-old was also arrested in connection with possession of cannabis after fire crews from three towns, Spalding, Holbeach and Crowland, were called to the house at about 5.45pm.
Water hose reels and thermal imaging cameras were used by firefighters who wore breathing apparatus while they put out the flames.
The fire caused severe damage to the first floor bedroom and the roof space of the semi-detached house, with the rest of the property damaged by smoke.
There was also smoke damage to the roof space of a neighbouring house and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.