An appeal for information has been launched following a number of deliberate fires in the Kirkcaldy area in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to report anything suspicious after crews were called out five times to incidents at various locations across the town. Firefighters attended a rubbish fire at 12.22 a.m. and wheelie bin fires at 3.12 a.m; 3.30 a.m; 4.00 a.m. and 4.14 a.m.
Alex Smart, prevention and protection group manager, said: “Deliberately set fires are dangerous. They waste time and money and keep our crews away from real emergencies. Police Scotland is investigating the incidents and appealing to local residents and businesses to report anything suspicious anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by contacting Police Scotland on 101.
“We ask 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,” he said.
“Bin and rubbish fires can quickly take hold and spread to buildings and vehicles, posing a major risk to life and property. “
Alan Seath, police community inspector for Kirkcaldy, said: “Fire-setting is a dangerous activity and this is completely unacceptable behaviour.
“We are appealing for anyone who may have seen these incidents taking place to come forward immediately.
“Please do not accept deliberate fire-setting in your community.
“It’s a crime that can threaten lives.”