SFRS supporting police investigation into video of deliberate fire at derelict Aberdeen building

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A video has been circulating on the internet, showing youths setting a fire at Broadford Works, Aberdeen

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is reminding people of the dangers associated with derelict buildings and the serious consequences of deliberate fire setting.

The warning comes after Police Scotland were made aware of a video showing a number of youths setting a fire in the Broadford Works, a derelict building in Aberdeen.

The footage is being investigated by Police and their enquiries are continuing. Anyone with any information on the date of the incident and those involved is urged to come forward.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Police Scotland in this investigation and SFRS is urging individuals not to set fires.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager Gordon Riddel, said: "Anyone who deliberately sets a fire is committing a serious crime that endangers themselves, innocent members of the public and emergency responders.

"Dealing with deliberate fires can take a significant amount of time and resources and it could delay our attendance at a real emergency.

"Flames, heat and toxic smoke all spread incredibly quickly and people who set fires can’t know how they will develop.

"What begins as a small fire in a derelict building or on waste-ground can easily grow to engulf homes or businesses, putting at risk anyone who happens to be in its path."

Station Manager Riddel added: "We work very closely with our communities to raise awareness of the risks and we're very grateful to the members of the public who report build-ups of rubbish that could be used to start fires.

“Those involved in deliberately setting fires need to understand their actions could have tragic consequences and ask themselves if they could live with being responsible for someone suffering horrific injuries or even losing their life.

"Derelict buildings are also extremely unsafe places to be, with countless numbers of hazards inside and people should not enter them under any circumstances."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.