Wheelie bin fire in Aberdeen sparks reminder about the dangers

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The fire was reported at Northfield Swimming Pool in the city's Kettlehills Crescent

Wheelie bin on fire

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is reminding the public about the potential dangers posed by wheelie bin fires after an incident in Northfield, Aberdeen at the weekend.

Control received a call at 9.39pm on Saturday night (24 May 2014) reporting a fire at the swimming pool in Kettlehills Crescent.

One appliance from North Anderson Drive attended the incident and used a hosereel jet to extinguish the blaze.

Wheelie bin fires pose a significant risk to buildings and those inside and the fire service is keen to highlight dangers.

Station Manager Chay Ewing said "These kinds of fires put people's lives and property in danger.

"By keeping wheelie bins out of sight, stored away from the building and, if possible, behind locked gates these risks can be reduced. We would ask residents and businesses to follow these precautions to eliminate the risks of deliberate wheelie bin fires."

Many of these fires are started deliberately and anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and report it.

There is more information on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website www.firescotland.gov.uk