Crews rush to outbreak of deliberate fires

Fire crews across Fife were called out five times on Tuesday to tackle a spate of deliberate fires.

They were called to the Leven, Kirkcaldy, and Dunfermline areas to discover rubbish and bins on fire.

The first fire was in Leven at just after 6.00 p.m. A crew from Methil used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire and were detained for half an hour.

Subsequent calls came in at 6.30 p.m. and 7.35 p.m. to the Kirkcaldy area where crews dealt with two wheelie bin fires. Further calls to wheelie bin fires in Ballingry and Dunfermline came in after 10.00 p.m.

Station Manager Steven Michie said: “These deliberate fires are very worrying to us and we are appealing to local residents and businesses to report anything suspicious anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or to Police Scotland 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.

Paul Cunningham, local area liaison officer said there was usually an increase in fires in the run up to school holidays. He added: “The important issue is that young people should understand the danger of lighting fires. On many occasions, we have seen the results of a prank or game go tragically wrong and someone ends up seriously injured.

“Whilst we are attending these deliberate fires, a house fire or road traffic collision could be developing and at least one of our fire engines is tied up.

“This could cost precious seconds and minutes, which could put lives in our communities at risk.”