Bin fire almost set Lothians petrol station alight

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WHEELIE bins which had been set on fire caused a blaze which almost spread to a petrol station.

Police said several bins were set alight in a lane on Broomyhill Place, Linlithgow, at around 3.30am on Wednesday, causing a paper recycling bin to also catch fire.

The flames spread to a fence bordering the nearby Murco petrol station before it was put out.

No-one was injured and the police are now investigating.

Detective Constable Ritchie Thompson said: “The fire was brought under control quickly by the fire service. However, this could have had far more serious consequences, had the flames reached the petrol ­station.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who can help us trace the persons involved in this mindless and reckless act and would urge those with information to contact police ­immediately.

“Anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious is also asked to come forward.”