Police ramp up investigation after another spate of fires in Kirkcaldy

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Police are urgently appealing for witnesses after emergency services tackled another spate of fires in Kirkcaldy at the weekend.

Fire crews attended Denburn Road, Haig Avenue, Napier Street and Lawson Gardens 2am and 3am on Sunday, August 16 after vehicles, including a number of cars and caravans, and wheelie bins were set alight.

These extremely irresponsible and reckless acts put the local community at risk and have caused distress to a number of residents.

Detective Inspector Charlie Duncan

Late on Thursday night and early Friday morning, emergency services also attended incidents in Anderson Street, Aitken Street, Bank Street and Wishart Place after a number of wheelie bins were set on fire.

Extensive damage was caused to vehicles and buildings and in one case a gas supply to a house was damaged.

Officers are urging anyone who can assist with their inquiries to come forward.

Detective Inspector Charlie Duncan said; “These extremely irresponsible and reckless acts put the local community at risk and have caused distress to a number of residents.

“We have been conducting joint inquiries with the fire service and are extensively reviewing CCTV. Community officers will also be conducting door-to-door inquiries in the coming days.

“I want to reassure the people of Kirkcaldy that we will pursue all lines of inquiry to identify the perpetrators and would urge people to be vigilant should they see any suspicious behaviour.

“Anyone who was in the area at the time of the fires and noticed any suspicious activity, or anyone with knowledge of these incidents that would assist with our inquiries, is asked to get in touch.”

Police would also to speak to two teenagers seen in the area around the time of the fires on Thursday night.

A spokesman said: “The girl is described as being between 15 and 17-years-old, of slim build with short dyed red hair. She was wearing jeans.

“The boy is a similar age and was wearing grey shorts and a t-shirt.”

Contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.