FIREFIGHTERS were verbally abused while tackling a rubbish fire in Burnley.

The crew was called to extinguish a rubbish fire in Griffin Close at around 10pm last night.

While they were putting out the flames, a group of teenagers started shouting at them.

Watch manager Dave Robinson from Burnley Fire Station, said that although the fire itself was fairly minor, there had been some trouble with the group.

He said: “It was just a rubbish fire but we did get a bit of verbal abuse.

“The last thing we want to do is inflame the situation.

“There are some issues but we are going to engage with the local community and spend some time with them to see is there is anything we can help with.

“We are also going to have a presence in the area to see if there are any issues over the next few days and to let people know we are here to help them.”