Con­cerns over fires

Spate of de­lib­er­ate blazes in Lochee leads to warn­ing

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - By CIARAN SHANKS

CON­CERNS have been raised over a spate of de­lib­er­ate fires around Lochee High Street in Dundee.

Res­i­dent Myles McCal­lum says ac­tion needs to be taken to avoid a re­peat of a huge blaze that en­gulfed a his­toric church in the area last year.

Myles, 38, re­cently pho­tographed a small fire and the ashes of other blazes around the street.

Three teenage boys were charged in re­la­tion to the fire at the area’s parish church, at the junc­tion of Bright Street and Methven Street, in Septem­ber last year.

Myles told the Tele said: “These fires have been pop­ping up since around Novem­ber, from as far as I can see.

“It all seems to be in and around the High Street, with wee fires be­ing set on bits of waste­land as well.

“The main thing that comes to my mind is the church and how much dam­age that caused.

“I am sure it did not take much for that to set alight the way that it did.

“We do not want some­thing like that hap­pen­ing again.”

De­lib­er­ate blazes have been prob­lem­atic for fire crews across the city, with a re­cent re­port high­light­ing de­lib­er­ate sec­ondary fires rose from 330 in­ci­dents be­tween April 1 and Septem­ber 30 2016 to 360 in­ci­dents in the same pe­riod in 2017.

Lochee in par­tic­u­lar was iden­ti­fied as a hotspot for de­lib­er­ate fire set­ting with 35, fol­lowed by the North East (30) and East End (29).

Sec­ondary fires cover out­door fires and blazes in derelict build­ings.

Myles con­tin­ued: “I saw a few fires when I was out and about, so I de­cided to take some pic­tures to make peo­ple aware of them.

“There was an aerosol can left burst open out­side one build­ing and who­ever has done it is clearly try­ing to cause dam­age.

“Some of this is hap­pen­ing on waste­land quite near where I stay. I’m con­cerned that these fires could spread to where I am.”

The Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice has been ap­proached for com­ment.

Left, fires in Lochee. Above, Myles.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.