FIREFIGHTERS are urging communities to be vigilant to the threat of deliberate fires in Alexandria and West Dunbartonshire.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has responded to a number of calls to fires in the area in recent weeks.
Joint investigations between the SFRS and Police Scotland suggest that many of the fires were set deliberately.
Such incidents present a clear danger to life, property and the community as a whole.
Now local firefighters have joined forces with their police counterparts to reassure the community, and appeal for more information to find those responsible.
Watch Manager Stuart McDonald said: “This type of activity is not only reckless and dangerous, but can divert SFRS resources away from genuine emergencies.
“However, through robust and flexible strategic planning, our crews are always ready to respond to any incident to keep our communities safe.
“But let us be very clear - the potential consequences of wilful fire raising can be far reaching and devastating.
“Fires not only put lives at risk but they can destroy homes, affect businesses and damage the local environment.
“The SFRS and our Police Scotland partners take a zero tolerance approach towards wilful fire raising and we will always work to identify those responsible to ensure the safety of our communities.
“The community can help us achieve this by reporting any fire related anti-social behaviour to Crimestoppers.”
Chief Inspector Donald Leitch, Police Scotland’s Area Commander for West Dunbartonshire said: “These incidents will no doubt be causing some concern to local people so I would like to reassure them that we are doing all we can to find whoever is responsible.
“Extensive enquiries are being undertaken by detectives with a number of lines of enquiry being considered. At this stage, we do not know if the incidents are linked, if they have been carried out by one person or if they are random but I can assure you all scenarios are being considered and will be followed up.”
Anyone with information is asked to call officers at Clydebank Police Station via 101 or alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.
If you know someone who can benefit from one of our free Home Fire Safety Visits, please request a visit by calling the SFRS free phone number 0800 0731 999.