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Anger after blaze at Burnley derelict house

ANGRY residents who had a lucky escape when a fire raged through a boarded-up property in Burnley have demanded action from housing bosses.

Neighbours of the gutted home in Milner Street, Daneshouse, said they were fortunate to flee with their lives after smoke from the blazing house began to seep into next-door homes at 6.30am yesterday. (fr Police said early indications suggested the fire was suspicious.

Residents said they had contacted the borough council repeatedly regarding the vacant house, which is just yards away from a new under-construction estate in Grey Street, which is part of the authority’s regeneration programme.

Saad Waheed, of Milner Street, said: “I am lucky to be alive, as thankfully I was awake. Both my sister and brother-in-law were sleeping across the hall and didn’t know what was going on and I had to get them up.”

Mr Waheed led Asghar and Maryan Ali to safety as smoke began to fill their home.

He said squatters may have been using the building in the days leading up to the fire.

“We could hear male and female voices coming from the house. There must have been around 30 or 40 complaints about this house over the past couple of years.”

Manzur Hussain, who lives at the corner of Milner Street and Grey Street, said: “This has happened more than half a dozen times with smaller fires.

“We have complained to the council but are they going to wait until one of us dies?

“It is every three or four months and I’m just surprised that they are spending all this money on houses opposite, but they are not boarding up the properties which are already here.”

His daughter Sunem Manzur said: “It is ridiculous. We have called around 15 times about this property. The council is spending all this money on new housing but not sorting out what is already here.”

She said it was fortunate that the family was already awake for morning prayers and were able to evacuate a number of children from the house.

Mr Hussain said he would be raising the issue with Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle and council leader Charlie Briggs.

Five fire appliances were called to the scene to deal with the blaze, which is currently under investigation by the county brigade and Lancashire Police.

Alan Ashworth, an acting watch manager from Burnley fire station, said that the fire was thought to have started on the ground floor of the property.

“We had to evacuate properties either side because smoke had filtered through from the house to neighbouring homes,” he said.

“It is now under investigation because there is believed to have been open access to the property.”

Insp Andrew Carter, of Burnley Police, said early indications suggested that the origins of the fire were suspicious.

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4:26pm Sat 7 Apr 12

Cha'mone MF says...

It's no wonder incidents like this are occurring down there, it's like a war zone, people in Syria are having a charity do and collection for the residents of Daneshouse!

The money that has been poured into that place since the Burnley Riots in 2001 has been phenomenal and just look at the place, there's nothing to show for it at all. Multiple rows of boarded up houses, rubbish and other forms of waste strewn across the back streets, small children playing in the street with very little or no road sense and the area infested with the cancer of drug dealing. The Police are barely scratching the surface on that one (no detriment to them).
The whole area is simply beyond repair.
It's no wonder incidents like this are occurring down there, it's like a war zone, people in Syria are having a charity do and collection for the residents of Daneshouse! The money that has been poured into that place since the Burnley Riots in 2001 has been phenomenal and just look at the place, there's nothing to show for it at all. Multiple rows of boarded up houses, rubbish and other forms of waste strewn across the back streets, small children playing in the street with very little or no road sense and the area infested with the cancer of drug dealing. The Police are barely scratching the surface on that one (no detriment to them). The whole area is simply beyond repair. Cha'mone MF
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7:24pm Sat 7 Apr 12

everywhere is sh1t says...

Cha'mone MF wrote:
It's no wonder incidents like this are occurring down there, it's like a war zone, people in Syria are having a charity do and collection for the residents of Daneshouse!

The money that has been poured into that place since the Burnley Riots in 2001 has been phenomenal and just look at the place, there's nothing to show for it at all. Multiple rows of boarded up houses, rubbish and other forms of waste strewn across the back streets, small children playing in the street with very little or no road sense and the area infested with the cancer of drug dealing. The Police are barely scratching the surface on that one (no detriment to them).
The whole area is simply beyond repair.
for once i agree ,the area is a no go area
[quote][p][bold]Cha'mone MF[/bold] wrote: It's no wonder incidents like this are occurring down there, it's like a war zone, people in Syria are having a charity do and collection for the residents of Daneshouse! The money that has been poured into that place since the Burnley Riots in 2001 has been phenomenal and just look at the place, there's nothing to show for it at all. Multiple rows of boarded up houses, rubbish and other forms of waste strewn across the back streets, small children playing in the street with very little or no road sense and the area infested with the cancer of drug dealing. The Police are barely scratching the surface on that one (no detriment to them). The whole area is simply beyond repair.[/p][/quote]for once i agree ,the area is a no go area everywhere is sh1t
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9:14pm Sat 7 Apr 12

katypri says...

this area should have been pulled down when i was a girl and i am 63 people bought these house for tupence happeny and the council has poured hundreds of thousands into the area and i fear driving through the place, my 2 nephews went to the new snooker hall obe is a teacher and the other an engineer after paying they were surrounded by men asking who they were where were they from and what was there job they ordered a taxi and left not one of the people in there were playing snooker so what other reason were they all there one guess the area wants bull dozing now well may be not they will get thousands for the slums
this area should have been pulled down when i was a girl and i am 63 people bought these house for tupence happeny and the council has poured hundreds of thousands into the area and i fear driving through the place, my 2 nephews went to the new snooker hall obe is a teacher and the other an engineer after paying they were surrounded by men asking who they were where were they from and what was there job they ordered a taxi and left not one of the people in there were playing snooker so what other reason were they all there one guess the area wants bull dozing now well may be not they will get thousands for the slums katypri
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12:58am Sun 8 Apr 12

Swift and Bold says...

Cha'mone MF wrote:
It's no wonder incidents like this are occurring down there, it's like a war zone, people in Syria are having a charity do and collection for the residents of Daneshouse!

The money that has been poured into that place since the Burnley Riots in 2001 has been phenomenal and just look at the place, there's nothing to show for it at all. Multiple rows of boarded up houses, rubbish and other forms of waste strewn across the back streets, small children playing in the street with very little or no road sense and the area infested with the cancer of drug dealing. The Police are barely scratching the surface on that one (no detriment to them).
The whole area is simply beyond repair.
Well maybe the local police officer should be made aware of the situation, that's what these beat bobbies are for. He or she can then get stuck into working hard to prevent these incidents occurring, after all it's not just arson (and I don't mean the Arsenal manager) its all the other crime that goes on. It would be good to see the local bobbie running around his patch keeping ontop of the criminals (that's assuming he is a fit young police officer) thus reducing crime and reassuring the local community. That's what community policing is all about isn't it? By getting your face in the community (however ugly the young bobbie may be) and making the criminals fear the law. In the words of The Clash...."....let's make the law win"
[quote][p][bold]Cha'mone MF[/bold] wrote: It's no wonder incidents like this are occurring down there, it's like a war zone, people in Syria are having a charity do and collection for the residents of Daneshouse! The money that has been poured into that place since the Burnley Riots in 2001 has been phenomenal and just look at the place, there's nothing to show for it at all. Multiple rows of boarded up houses, rubbish and other forms of waste strewn across the back streets, small children playing in the street with very little or no road sense and the area infested with the cancer of drug dealing. The Police are barely scratching the surface on that one (no detriment to them). The whole area is simply beyond repair.[/p][/quote]Well maybe the local police officer should be made aware of the situation, that's what these beat bobbies are for. He or she can then get stuck into working hard to prevent these incidents occurring, after all it's not just arson (and I don't mean the Arsenal manager) its all the other crime that goes on. It would be good to see the local bobbie running around his patch keeping ontop of the criminals (that's assuming he is a fit young police officer) thus reducing crime and reassuring the local community. That's what community policing is all about isn't it? By getting your face in the community (however ugly the young bobbie may be) and making the criminals fear the law. In the words of The Clash...."....let's make the law win" Swift and Bold
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8:35am Sun 8 Apr 12

Cha'mone MF says...

Swift and Bold wrote:
Cha'mone MF wrote:
It's no wonder incidents like this are occurring down there, it's like a war zone, people in Syria are having a charity do and collection for the residents of Daneshouse!

The money that has been poured into that place since the Burnley Riots in 2001 has been phenomenal and just look at the place, there's nothing to show for it at all. Multiple rows of boarded up houses, rubbish and other forms of waste strewn across the back streets, small children playing in the street with very little or no road sense and the area infested with the cancer of drug dealing. The Police are barely scratching the surface on that one (no detriment to them).
The whole area is simply beyond repair.
Well maybe the local police officer should be made aware of the situation, that's what these beat bobbies are for. He or she can then get stuck into working hard to prevent these incidents occurring, after all it's not just arson (and I don't mean the Arsenal manager) its all the other crime that goes on. It would be good to see the local bobbie running around his patch keeping ontop of the criminals (that's assuming he is a fit young police officer) thus reducing crime and reassuring the local community. That's what community policing is all about isn't it? By getting your face in the community (however ugly the young bobbie may be) and making the criminals fear the law. In the words of The Clash...."....l
et's make the law win"
Well if they stuck another half dozen officers up there (handsome or ugly) they might be able to do a bit more!
[quote][p][bold]Swift and Bold[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cha'mone MF[/bold] wrote: It's no wonder incidents like this are occurring down there, it's like a war zone, people in Syria are having a charity do and collection for the residents of Daneshouse! The money that has been poured into that place since the Burnley Riots in 2001 has been phenomenal and just look at the place, there's nothing to show for it at all. Multiple rows of boarded up houses, rubbish and other forms of waste strewn across the back streets, small children playing in the street with very little or no road sense and the area infested with the cancer of drug dealing. The Police are barely scratching the surface on that one (no detriment to them). The whole area is simply beyond repair.[/p][/quote]Well maybe the local police officer should be made aware of the situation, that's what these beat bobbies are for. He or she can then get stuck into working hard to prevent these incidents occurring, after all it's not just arson (and I don't mean the Arsenal manager) its all the other crime that goes on. It would be good to see the local bobbie running around his patch keeping ontop of the criminals (that's assuming he is a fit young police officer) thus reducing crime and reassuring the local community. That's what community policing is all about isn't it? By getting your face in the community (however ugly the young bobbie may be) and making the criminals fear the law. In the words of The Clash...."....l et's make the law win"[/p][/quote]Well if they stuck another half dozen officers up there (handsome or ugly) they might be able to do a bit more! Cha'mone MF
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9:51am Sun 8 Apr 12

Burnleyboy38 says...

u see more copers just driving up n down colne rd,i was walkin up brougham street yestday n theere was between 10-20 asian kids all shouting abuse at sum old woman called audry who was with her oap hubby aswell,yet if id av stepped in no doubt id b in hossy tday,n there was not one copper around,white ppl livin down there must live in fear,its SAD n as for the new houses they just built down there,WRONG AREA cos anno it wnt b white ppl owning them which is a shame cos they r nice to look at
u see more copers just driving up n down colne rd,i was walkin up brougham street yestday n theere was between 10-20 asian kids all shouting abuse at sum old woman called audry who was with her oap hubby aswell,yet if id av stepped in no doubt id b in hossy tday,n there was not one copper around,white ppl livin down there must live in fear,its SAD n as for the new houses they just built down there,WRONG AREA cos anno it wnt b white ppl owning them which is a shame cos they r nice to look at Burnleyboy38
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10:08am Sun 8 Apr 12

Cha'mone MF says...

Burnleyboy38 wrote:
u see more copers just driving up n down colne rd,i was walkin up brougham street yestday n theere was between 10-20 asian kids all shouting abuse at sum old woman called audry who was with her oap hubby aswell,yet if id av stepped in no doubt id b in hossy tday,n there was not one copper around,white ppl livin down there must live in fear,its SAD n as for the new houses they just built down there,WRONG AREA cos anno it wnt b white ppl owning them which is a shame cos they r nice to look at
Nice to look at ? Are you having a laugh?

If not you are very easily pleased.
[quote][p][bold]Burnleyboy38[/bold] wrote: u see more copers just driving up n down colne rd,i was walkin up brougham street yestday n theere was between 10-20 asian kids all shouting abuse at sum old woman called audry who was with her oap hubby aswell,yet if id av stepped in no doubt id b in hossy tday,n there was not one copper around,white ppl livin down there must live in fear,its SAD n as for the new houses they just built down there,WRONG AREA cos anno it wnt b white ppl owning them which is a shame cos they r nice to look at[/p][/quote]Nice to look at ? Are you having a laugh? If not you are very easily pleased. Cha'mone MF
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10:08am Sun 8 Apr 12

Swift and Bold says...

Burnleyboy38 wrote:
u see more copers just driving up n down colne rd,i was walkin up brougham street yestday n theere was between 10-20 asian kids all shouting abuse at sum old woman called audry who was with her oap hubby aswell,yet if id av stepped in no doubt id b in hossy tday,n there was not one copper around,white ppl livin down there must live in fear,its SAD n as for the new houses they just built down there,WRONG AREA cos anno it wnt b white ppl owning them which is a shame cos they r nice to look at
Why don't you text speak your reply? It would be easier,then you don't have to worry about your spelling or wether your comment looks chavvy!
[quote][p][bold]Burnleyboy38[/bold] wrote: u see more copers just driving up n down colne rd,i was walkin up brougham street yestday n theere was between 10-20 asian kids all shouting abuse at sum old woman called audry who was with her oap hubby aswell,yet if id av stepped in no doubt id b in hossy tday,n there was not one copper around,white ppl livin down there must live in fear,its SAD n as for the new houses they just built down there,WRONG AREA cos anno it wnt b white ppl owning them which is a shame cos they r nice to look at[/p][/quote]Why don't you text speak your reply? It would be easier,then you don't have to worry about your spelling or wether your comment looks chavvy! Swift and Bold
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10:11am Sun 8 Apr 12

Swift and Bold says...

Cha'mone MF wrote:
Swift and Bold wrote:
Cha'mone MF wrote:
It's no wonder incidents like this are occurring down there, it's like a war zone, people in Syria are having a charity do and collection for the residents of Daneshouse!

The money that has been poured into that place since the Burnley Riots in 2001 has been phenomenal and just look at the place, there's nothing to show for it at all. Multiple rows of boarded up houses, rubbish and other forms of waste strewn across the back streets, small children playing in the street with very little or no road sense and the area infested with the cancer of drug dealing. The Police are barely scratching the surface on that one (no detriment to them).
The whole area is simply beyond repair.
Well maybe the local police officer should be made aware of the situation, that's what these beat bobbies are for. He or she can then get stuck into working hard to prevent these incidents occurring, after all it's not just arson (and I don't mean the Arsenal manager) its all the other crime that goes on. It would be good to see the local bobbie running around his patch keeping ontop of the criminals (that's assuming he is a fit young police officer) thus reducing crime and reassuring the local community. That's what community policing is all about isn't it? By getting your face in the community (however ugly the young bobbie may be) and making the criminals fear the law. In the words of The Clash...."....l

et's make the law win"
Well if they stuck another half dozen officers up there (handsome or ugly) they might be able to do a bit more!
Is that your best reply......easy cop out (pardon the pin)
[quote][p][bold]Cha'mone MF[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swift and Bold[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cha'mone MF[/bold] wrote: It's no wonder incidents like this are occurring down there, it's like a war zone, people in Syria are having a charity do and collection for the residents of Daneshouse! The money that has been poured into that place since the Burnley Riots in 2001 has been phenomenal and just look at the place, there's nothing to show for it at all. Multiple rows of boarded up houses, rubbish and other forms of waste strewn across the back streets, small children playing in the street with very little or no road sense and the area infested with the cancer of drug dealing. The Police are barely scratching the surface on that one (no detriment to them). The whole area is simply beyond repair.[/p][/quote]Well maybe the local police officer should be made aware of the situation, that's what these beat bobbies are for. He or she can then get stuck into working hard to prevent these incidents occurring, after all it's not just arson (and I don't mean the Arsenal manager) its all the other crime that goes on. It would be good to see the local bobbie running around his patch keeping ontop of the criminals (that's assuming he is a fit young police officer) thus reducing crime and reassuring the local community. That's what community policing is all about isn't it? By getting your face in the community (however ugly the young bobbie may be) and making the criminals fear the law. In the words of The Clash...."....l et's make the law win"[/p][/quote]Well if they stuck another half dozen officers up there (handsome or ugly) they might be able to do a bit more![/p][/quote]Is that your best reply......easy cop out (pardon the pin) Swift and Bold
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10:33am Sun 8 Apr 12

Izanears says...

Many years ago I worked for a Housing Association that had a lot of property in that area and believe me you could write a book about the goings on that happened regarding the houses and some of the occupants.
Many years ago I worked for a Housing Association that had a lot of property in that area and believe me you could write a book about the goings on that happened regarding the houses and some of the occupants. Izanears
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10:51am Sun 8 Apr 12

midas says...

Does the council own the house? If not why are local residents complaining to them and not the owners of the house?
Does the council own the house? If not why are local residents complaining to them and not the owners of the house? midas
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6:06pm Sun 8 Apr 12

Swift and Bold says...

Cha'mone MF wrote:
Swift and Bold wrote:
Cha'mone MF wrote:
It's no wonder incidents like this are occurring down there, it's like a war zone, people in Syria are having a charity do and collection for the residents of Daneshouse!

The money that has been poured into that place since the Burnley Riots in 2001 has been phenomenal and just look at the place, there's nothing to show for it at all. Multiple rows of boarded up houses, rubbish and other forms of waste strewn across the back streets, small children playing in the street with very little or no road sense and the area infested with the cancer of drug dealing. The Police are barely scratching the surface on that one (no detriment to them).
The whole area is simply beyond repair.
Well maybe the local police officer should be made aware of the situation, that's what these beat bobbies are for. He or she can then get stuck into working hard to prevent these incidents occurring, after all it's not just arson (and I don't mean the Arsenal manager) its all the other crime that goes on. It would be good to see the local bobbie running around his patch keeping ontop of the criminals (that's assuming he is a fit young police officer) thus reducing crime and reassuring the local community. That's what community policing is all about isn't it? By getting your face in the community (however ugly the young bobbie may be) and making the criminals fear the law. In the words of The Clash...."....l

et's make the law win"
Well if they stuck another half dozen officers up there (handsome or ugly) they might be able to do a bit more!
Well I'm sure I saw the local bobbie the other day on his beat in Daneshouse..........
.he seemed to be puffing as he walked up Brougham St so it's no wander the criminals get away because the local bobbie looked like he had no chance of catching any one!
[quote][p][bold]Cha'mone MF[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swift and Bold[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cha'mone MF[/bold] wrote: It's no wonder incidents like this are occurring down there, it's like a war zone, people in Syria are having a charity do and collection for the residents of Daneshouse! The money that has been poured into that place since the Burnley Riots in 2001 has been phenomenal and just look at the place, there's nothing to show for it at all. Multiple rows of boarded up houses, rubbish and other forms of waste strewn across the back streets, small children playing in the street with very little or no road sense and the area infested with the cancer of drug dealing. The Police are barely scratching the surface on that one (no detriment to them). The whole area is simply beyond repair.[/p][/quote]Well maybe the local police officer should be made aware of the situation, that's what these beat bobbies are for. He or she can then get stuck into working hard to prevent these incidents occurring, after all it's not just arson (and I don't mean the Arsenal manager) its all the other crime that goes on. It would be good to see the local bobbie running around his patch keeping ontop of the criminals (that's assuming he is a fit young police officer) thus reducing crime and reassuring the local community. That's what community policing is all about isn't it? By getting your face in the community (however ugly the young bobbie may be) and making the criminals fear the law. In the words of The Clash...."....l et's make the law win"[/p][/quote]Well if they stuck another half dozen officers up there (handsome or ugly) they might be able to do a bit more![/p][/quote]Well I'm sure I saw the local bobbie the other day on his beat in Daneshouse.......... .he seemed to be puffing as he walked up Brougham St so it's no wander the criminals get away because the local bobbie looked like he had no chance of catching any one! Swift and Bold
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8:28pm Sun 8 Apr 12

Cha'mone MF says...

Softly softly catchee monkey!!!

Brougham street is in Stoneyholme, not Daneshouse! ;)
Softly softly catchee monkey!!! Brougham street is in Stoneyholme, not Daneshouse! ;) Cha'mone MF
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9:13pm Sun 8 Apr 12

Swift and Bold says...

Cha'mone MF wrote:
Softly softly catchee monkey!!!

Brougham street is in Stoneyholme, not Daneshouse! ;)
Maybe so Cha'mone MF but it's leads into Daneshouse just up the road and across the canal, and from my research I learned that the local bobbie covers both Daneshouse and Stoneyholme so it's just the same my friend.....you seem slightly interested in this article & seem to be loyal to the area so you will understand
[quote][p][bold]Cha'mone MF[/bold] wrote: Softly softly catchee monkey!!! Brougham street is in Stoneyholme, not Daneshouse! ;)[/p][/quote]Maybe so Cha'mone MF but it's leads into Daneshouse just up the road and across the canal, and from my research I learned that the local bobbie covers both Daneshouse and Stoneyholme so it's just the same my friend.....you seem slightly interested in this article & seem to be loyal to the area so you will understand Swift and Bold
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1:48pm Mon 9 Apr 12

Markr says...

These arent the same neighbours who were harrasing the old occupants as they wanted to buy the house are they,not the same ones who made it impossible for anyone else to live there ? so that eventually the house had to become derilict through them forcing any occupabts to leave ?..
wake up world unless your part of a certain culture (a third world one at that) you just cant live in that part of town.
These arent the same neighbours who were harrasing the old occupants as they wanted to buy the house are they,not the same ones who made it impossible for anyone else to live there ? so that eventually the house had to become derilict through them forcing any occupabts to leave ?.. wake up world unless your part of a certain culture (a third world one at that) you just cant live in that part of town. Markr
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5:59pm Tue 10 Apr 12

everywhere is sh1t says...

shame the fire did not spread and burn the lot
shame the fire did not spread and burn the lot everywhere is sh1t
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12:45pm Wed 11 Apr 12

ivor biggun says...

This area is absolutely beyond fixing, you can't polish a turd! Tactical nuke and start again, stop wasting money trying to fix the unfixable and use funds elsewhere where they will be put to better use and received with a bit of gratitude.
This area is absolutely beyond fixing, you can't polish a turd! Tactical nuke and start again, stop wasting money trying to fix the unfixable and use funds elsewhere where they will be put to better use and received with a bit of gratitude. ivor biggun
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