Suspicious car fires in Glenrothes put police on alert

The car which was destroyed in Warout Road
The car which was destroyed in Warout Road
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Fears are growing that a serial arsonist or copycat fire starter is operating in Glenrothes after a fourth suspicious car fire in five days.

The first fire in Sinclair Avenue, in the early hours of Monday, October 27 destroyed five vehicles and caused damage estimated at £100,000.

And a further two cars were targeted in the early hours of Thursday morning, (October 30) in the Alexander Road area of Auchmuty.

A day later a family in Warout Road had a narrow escape after their vehicle was set alight while parked on their drive.

Lynette McDonald, whose vehicle was destroyed in the latest incident, told the Gazette those responsible need to be caught now.

“Had the alarm not been raised by a passer by I dread to think what might have happened, “said Lynette.

“The fire could have spread to the house, I have a three-year-old daughter who has been traumatised by this.

“How much longer before someone’s life is put at risk.”

Detective Sergeant Samantha Davidson leading the enquiry, said: “Although I have no information linking the incidents, they are similar in many respects, it appears that there was an attempt to steal one of the cars in Alexander Road, before it was set on fire.

“The second car was totally destroyed and I am unable to say whether an attempt had been made to steal it before it was set on fire.

“Those responsible have total disregard to the safety of the occupants of nearby houses and had it not been for the prompt response of the fire services, it is entirely possible that the fires may have spread to nearby properties.”

Extra patrols and a high police presence in town

Police in the town have called for the public to remain vigilant.

With four suspicious fires in the town in the last week, police are keen put a stop any further incidents before they occur.

Glenrothes Community Inspector Derek Paxton told the Gazette: “High-visibility patrols are being deployed in the area and an increased presence will be maintained until this situation is resolved.

“I would urge members of the public to be vigilant about the security of their vehicles and ensure any valuables are removed.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or supply the information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.