16-year-old charged over major fire in Burntisland

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A 16-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a major fire at a storage building beside Rossend Castle, Burntisland, last week.

The fire, which engulfed and destroyed the complete building on the evening of Sunday, April 28, saw up to 35 firefighters at one point tackle the blaze.

Numerous unique historical documents and artifacts perished, with flames and smoke also endangering local properties.

Following information from the public, and an investigation by Fife Division of Police Scotland, a 16-year-old man was taken in to custody and charged in connection with the alleged incident. He is expected to appear at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Sergeant Stuart Davidson, based at Burntisland Police Station, and who oversaw the enquiry, said: “This was an isolated, large-scale, fire that has caused substantial damage to the premises and resulted in a local business suffering both financially and operationally.

“Countless current and historical documents, along with other archived paperwork, have been entirely incinerated.

“The initial priority of the police and fire service at the time was to ensure public safety, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their co-operation and assistance during this enquiry, as that led to the person responsible being traced.

“I want to further re-assure the public that these types of incidents are extremely rare, whether caused intentionally or accidentally, and will always be fully investigated by all agencies.”

Anyone who has any information for the police can call 101 or provide it anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.