BY NEIL HENDERSON
Fire crews in Glenrothes were called out to three seperate fires yesterday evening, thought to have been started deliberatly.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were first mobilised at 10.33 p.m. to a rubbish fire, before being called shortly afterwards at 10.47 p.m. to a wheelie bin fire.
The same crew then attended another wheelie bin on a trailer at 11.15 p.m. All three incidents of fire raising took place in the Warout area of the town.
Steven Michie, prevention and protection group manager has appealed for the public to come forward with any information.
“Deliberately set fires are dangerous, they waste time and money, and keep our crews away from real emergencies,” said Mr Michie.
He added: “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.”
And Paul Cunningham area liasion officer was keen to highlight the dangers of such irresponsible actions.
He said: “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.”