Fire service appeal for information following deliberate blazes in Edinburgh

Deliberate fires were started in Edinburgh with numerous call outs last night. Picture; John Devlin
Deliberate fires were started in Edinburgh with numerous call outs last night. Picture; John Devlin
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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is appealing to the public to report any information on deliberate fire setting.

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The appeal comes after firefighters at Crewe Toll fire station were called out numerous times to bin fires in the Trinity area of Edinburgh early yesterday morning.

David Girrity the Group Manager for Prevention and Protection in Edinburgh said: “SFRS has a zero tolerance approach to deliberate fire raising because it puts our communities at great risk.

“We will continue to work very closely with our police and local authority partners to ensure that those responsible are identified and dealt with accordingly.

“Deliberate fires, waste our time and resources and have the potential to delay us from reaching real emergencies - where every single minute counts.”

He added: “Our firefighters work extremely hard to engage with the public and promote safety messages in order to keep our communities as safe as possible.

“We would ask parents and carers to ensure that their children know about and understand the potentially tragic consequences deliberate fires can have, as well as the impact for responding emergency services.”

Group Manager Girrity said: “Every deliberate fire has victims, costs - and consequences. We need our communities to work with us in helping stamp out this reckless behaviour.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “These reckless acts of destruction have the potential to result in serious injury and we are carrying out inquiries to identify those responsible.

Those with information about deliberate fire-raising are being urged to contact either the police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.