Five deliberate fires in one night in Fife

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Whilst we are attending deliberate fires a real emergency could be developing

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were called out five times on Tuesday evening (11 March) to various locations in Fife due to deliberate fire setting.

Crews were called to the Leven, Kirkcaldy, and Dunfermline areas to rubbish and bins on fire.

Operations Control Thornton received the first call just after 6pm to a rubbish fire in Leven.  A crew from Methil used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire and were detained for half an hour.

Subsequent calls came in at 6.30pm and 7.35pm to the Kirkcaldy area where crews dealt with two wheelie bin fires.  Further calls to wheelie bin fires in Ballingry and Dunfermline came in after 10pm.

Station Manager Steven Michie said: “These deliberate fires are very worrying to us and we are appealing to local residents and businesses to report anything suspicious anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or to Police Scotland 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

Local Area Liaison Officer Paul Cunningham explains: “In the run up to the school holidays we see 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.  On many occasions, we have seen the results of a prank or game go tragically wrong and someone ends up seriously injured.

“Whilst we are attending these deliberate fires, a house fire or road traffic collision could be developing and at least one of our fire engines is tied up.  This could cost precious seconds and minutes, which could put lives in our communities at risk.

“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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