Suspected arson attack

Eighty people had to leave their homes last night, October 31, after a suspected arson attack ruptured a gas pipe.

Suspected arson attack leads to homes being evacuated

Police say there could have been deaths or injuries after a gas pipe ruptured in a suspected arson attack. Eighty people had to leave their homes during the fire outside flats in Dumfries last night, October 31.

Residents spent a number of hours at a local community centre before being allowed home. Police have condemned the sheer stupidity of the vandals who set fire to some wheelie bins.

Matthew Taylor reports.

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Homes evacuated after suspected arson attack

Eighty people had to leave their homes last night, October 31, after a suspected arson attack ruptured a gas pipe.

The fire happened at about 11pm next to flats in Golf Avenue in Dumfries. It is believed to have been started deliberately in wheelie bins. The flames burnt through a gas metre outside.

The fire happedned at about 11pm - 80 people had to leave their homes. Credit: ITV News Border

The residents were taken to a nearby community centre for several hours before being allowed back home.

Police say there could have been deaths or injuries and have condemned the sheer stupidity of the vandals who set fire to the wheelie bins.

It is believed to have been started deliberately in wheelie bins. Credit: ITV News Border