Concerns over fires
Spate of deliberate blazes in Lochee leads to warning
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.