Fire chief blasts ‘cal­lous’ van­dals

Dan­ger to build­ing as dis­carded sofa is set alight

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea O’Neill

Cal­lous fire­bugs are con­tin­u­ing to tar­get East Kil­bride and are en­dan­ger­ing the lives of the town’s res­i­dents.

The lat­est blaze – which spread to a nearby out­build­ing – was started at Mur­ray Square at around 11.50pm on Satur­day.

A sofa which had been dis­carded at the rear of One O One Off Sales was de­lib­er­ately set alight.

The fire ser­vice was alerted to the scene and fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guished the flames which caused “se­ri­ous crack­ing” to brickwork on an out­build­ing.

Po­lice con­firmed they are treat­ing the in­ci­dent as wil­ful fir­erais­ing and ap­pealed for wit­nesses.

Sta­tion com­man­der Ed­die Kelly blasted the cul­prits and again warned that they are putting them­selves and oth­ers in se­ri­ous dan­ger.

He said: “This lat­est case of wil­ful fir­erais­ing was even more dan­ger­ous and haz­ardous as it spread to a build­ing en­dan­ger­ing the lives of oth­ers.

“This was a cal­lous act which could have been much more se­ri­ous. These types of in­ci­dents in East Kil­bride seem to be get­ting more se­ri­ous – a car was also set on fire in the Kings­gate Re­tail Park last week. Some­one is go­ing to get hurt.”

A Peu­geot 108 was torched by van­dals near to Sains­bury’s Kings­gate at around 11.20pm on Au­gust 30.

These lat­est in­ci­dents come just one week after fire­bugs tar­geted Ruth MacMil­lan’s New­landsmuir home dur­ing a fright­en­ing overnight at­tack.

The de­lib­er­ate blaze climbed to­wards the top of her home near a gas pipe at the front of the prop­erty on Ken­dal Road.

And a fort­night ago youths started a fire at an emer­gency exit un­der the flumes at the Dol­lan Aqua Cen­tre, spark­ing a stark warn­ing from the town’s fire chief.

Fire­bugs also tar­geted lock-ups at West Mains Road last month set­ting rub­bish alight late at night. And in June van­dals caused £10,000 worth of dam­age to lock-ups in Westwood and The Mur­ray by ma­li­ciously torch­ing them.

In May, van­dals caused £40,000 worth of de­struc­tion by set­ting fire to Lang­lands Moss.

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