Vehicles and buildings damaged after spate of deliberate fires in Kirkcaldy

Wheelie bins across Kirkcaldy have been deliberately set on fire.
Wheelie bins across Kirkcaldy have been deliberately set on fire.

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

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

No-one was seriously injured as a result of these reckless acts but it could have been very different

Detective Sergeant Craig Fraser

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.

He added: “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 like to speak to two teenagers seen in the area around the time of the fires on Thursday night.

Detective Sergeant Craig Fraser from Kirkcaldy CID said the incidents caused great upset in the area.

“Fortunately, no one was seriously injured as a result of these reckless acts but it could have been very different,” he told the Press

“Two of the fires spread to nearby vehicles and buildings, causing extensive damage, and to a gas supply pipe of one of the properties.

“This has caused significant distress and expense to the home owners.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.

Police seek teenagers

Police are particularly keen to speak to two teenagers seen in the area around the time of the fires on Thursday night.

A Police Scotland 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,” he said.

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