Ter­ror as fire­bugs tar­get Pais­ley flats

Res­i­dents forced to leave their homes af­ter blaze

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Fire­bugs sparked ter­ror in a block of Pais­ley flats af­ter set­ting a wheelie bin alight in a com­mon close.

Fright­ened res­i­dents were evac­u­ated from the Bredi­land Road flats at around 10.30pm on Sun­day night af­ter the build­ing was filled with smoke.

De­tec­tives, who are treat­ing the in­ci­dent as wil­ful fir­erais­ing have launched a probe into the in­ci­dent and have ap­pealed for wit­nesses to come for­ward.

A po­lice pho­tog­ra­pher also vis­ited the scene yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, as of­fi­cers work to es­tab­lish who was be­hind the blaze.

Res­i­dents in the block were also vis­ited by fire­fight­ers as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was stepped up.

A Po­lice Scot­land spokesman said: “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a in­ci­dent of wil­ful fir­erais­ing in Bredi­land Road in Pais­ley on Sun­day evening.

“It ap­pears that a wheelie bin was pulled into the com­mon close of a block of flat and set alight.

“Res­i­dents from the build­ing were evac­u­ated as the build­ing filled with smoke.

“This was a very se­ri­ous in­ci­dent that could have been much worse. The con­se­quences of these types of crimes can be ab­so­lutely cat­a­strophic.

“We are very keen to speak to any­one who may have in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to this in­ci­dent.

“If you saw any­one act­ing sus­pi­ciously in the area be­fore or af­ter, then we would like to hear from you.”

A neigh­bour, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, said the block had prob­lems in the past.

She said: “We saw a po­lice car and a CID car at around mid­night. There have been prob­lems with noise and things there be­fore, but never any­thing like this that I know about.”

A spokesman for The Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said: “We were alerted at 10.22pm on Sun­day to re­ports of a fire within the close area of a three-storey ten­e­ment build­ing in Bredi­land Road.

“Op­er­a­tions Con­trol mo­bilised a num­ber of fire en­gines to the scene and fire­fight­ers wear­ing breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus ex­tin­guished the fire. “There were no ca­su­al­ties. “Crews left the scene af­ter en­sur­ing the area was made safe.”

Cops area also in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sep­a­rate fire at Pais­ley Rugby Club, ear­lier the same night.

Yob set fire to the con­tents of a large in­dus­trial bin at the Ross Street site at around 6pm on Sun­day evening.

De­tec­tives once again ap­pealed for wit­nesses to come for­ward on this in­ci­dent, which they say is not linked to the fire in Bredi­land Road.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion, you should con­tact Po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

Scene A fire ap­pli­ance in Bredi­land Road, Pais­ley

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