Deliberate fires in Glenrothes last night

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Crews from Glenrothes were called to three seperate incidents

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were called out three times last night (28 April) to various locations in Glenrothes, Fife due to deliberate fire setting.

Glenrothes crews were mobilised at 10.33pm to a rubbish fire, 10.47pm to a wheelie bin fire then again at 11.15pm to another wheelie bin on a trailer.

Prevention and Protection Group Manager Steven Michie said: “Deliberately set fires are dangerous; they waste time and money, and keep our crews away from real emergencies. Police Scotland are investigating the incidents and are appealing to local residents and businesses to report anything suspicious anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by calling 101.”

“We ask local residents and businesses to ensure that rubbish does not accumulate outside their property and that wheelie bins are stored in a safe and secure area until collection.  Bin and rubbish fires can quickly take hold and spread to buildings and vehicles, posing a major risk to life and property.

“Any residents wanting further advice in relation to keeping their home safe from fire can contact us or a FREE Home safety visit on 0800 0731 999, text ‘check’ to 61611 or visit our website at www.firescotland.gov.uk.  You can also contact Fife Council Environmental Services on 03451 550011 for more information on issues involving accumulative rubbish.”

Local Area Liaison Officer Paul Cunningham explains: “With the good weather comes an increase in fires in rubbish bins, grassland and wooded areas.  The important issue is that young people should understand the danger of lighting fires.  

“As well as potentially delaying attendance at a more serious incident, fire setting can result in injury, property damage and environmental pollution.

 “Parents have a responsibility to make sure their children know how dangerous playing with fire can be.  If you think your child might be tempted to start fires, contact your local firefighters and they'll give you confidential help and advice.  Call us freephone 0800 0731 999 or visit our website www.firescotland.gov.uk.”

 

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