SFRS and police investigating deliberate fires in Dingwall

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Group Manager Phil Green issues reminder about the dangers posed by deliberately set fires

Wheelie bin on fire

Firefighters were called out to deal with two deliberate fires in the early hours of this morning in Dingwall.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) are working closely with their colleagues at Police Scotland following a car fire outside the offices of the Ross-shire Journal newspaper in Dochcarty Road and two wheelie bins placed outside a property in Millbank Road.

The car fire was reported to SFRS at 3.07am and one appliance from Dingwall attended. Crews used one hosereel jet to extinguish the blaze but the car was completely destroyed by fire.

The second incident was reported at 3.52am. Two wheelie bins had been set alight and placed near a house in Millbank Road. One of the bins was left near an open window and some smoke entered the property. No one was injured during either incident.

Police Scotland are treating the incidents as suspicious and are now carrying out inquiries. Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information is urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager Phil Green said: “Deliberately set fires are dangerous; they waste time and money, and keep our crews away from other emergencies. 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."

“Deliberate fire setting is a crime. Report it don’t accept it and contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The Group Manager also highlighted the importance of having a working smoke alarm.

Mr Green added: “Smoke alarms save lives and we urge everyone to ensure they have a working smoke alarm in their property. If you don’t have one you can arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit and one will be provided free of charge.”

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