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Appeal for suspicious fire witnesses

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Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses following a suspicious fire in Galashiels.

The incident happened around 1am this morning in Scott Park.

A plastic bin was set alight before the flames spread to the swing set and rubber ground cover.

Police say the park sustained significant damage and inquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible.

Officers are particularly keen to trace two young people seen running away from the area at the time the fire broke out.

"The Scott Park is popular for dog walkers and families and this mindless act of destruction means that the bin will be out of use until it can be repaired.

"We are pursuing various local lines of inquiry to trace the culprits and would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area, or who has information relevant to this investigation, to contact police immediately."

– Inspector Tony Hodges, Galashiels Police Station

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police investigate 'serious fire' in Dumfries

Police are making enquiries into the cause of the fire in IrongrayIndustrial Estate Credit: PA

Dumfries Police are investigating the cause of a "serious" fire that blazed through Shortridges Laundry in Irongray Industrial Estate in the early hours of this morning.

The Fire and Rescue Service managed to stop the fire, after it was discovered around 4am.

Several laundry units and cages, and part of the actual building were damaged by the blaze.

Police say the investigation is a joint effort between the Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland.

We want to hear from anyone who may have been in the Irongray Industrial Estate through the night if they saw or heard anything suspicious.

No-one was injured in this incident however the damage is extensive.

– Sergeant Amy Ritchie, Dumfries Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dumfries Police on 101.


Firefighters called to Carlisle bedroom blaze

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Firefighters have been called to a bedroom fire in Carlisle.

The callout came just before 3am this morning, from the house on Merith Avenue.

The bedroom was well alight when the fire service arrives, and firefighters, four of them wearing breathing apparatus, had to use two hose reel jets to tackle it.

The ambulance service was also called to check three people for smoke inhalation.

Arson behind 38 percent of Cumbria fires

An arsonist was convicted for starting three fires at Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway site last year. Credit: ITV Border

Arson attacks account for more than a third of fires in Cumbria, according to new figures.

During 2015 and 2016, 38 percent of fires in the county were started deliberately.

In Allerdale there was a 20 percent increase in the number of arson incidents.


Police name man killed in Penrith fire

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The man killed in a major fire at sheltered accommodation in Penrith has been named by police.

Gordon Tallentire, who was 74, died in the blaze at Lonsdale Court on 12 November.

Thirty elderly residents from adjoining flats had to be evacuated when the fire broke out.

Police investigating suspicious fire

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Police are investigating a suspicious fire at an empty house in Gretna.

The blaze broke out sometime before 10am yesterday at a property in Esk Road.

"While the house was empty and no-one is living there just now this was still a reckless and very stupid act of fire-raising.

"The consequences could have been tragic had the fire taken hold. This act happened in broad daylight and we are appealing for anyone who may have been around in the Esk Road area on Sunday morning get in touch if they saw or heard anything suspicious."

– Constable Clare Cavanagh, Police Scotland

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Officers investigate 'suspicious' fire in Dumfries

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Officers in Dumfries are investigating what they say appears to be a suspicious fire in Dalswinton Avenue.

The fire was discovered at the rear of an unoccupied house just after midnight on Wednesday 7th December.

Police believe a sofa and some rubbish were set alight.

The fire was extinguished, but caused some damage to a window.

"This appears to have been a complete act of recklessness and the consequences could have been tragic if the fire had taken hold. We are not sure at this stage if those responsible knew that the house was unoccupied at the time the fire was set.

"We want to hear from anyone who may have any information which might help us catch those responsible for this stupid and dangerous act."

– Constable Richard Davidson, Police Scotland

Crews tackle large farm fire in Ancrum, Scottish Borders

Fire crews have been tackling a large farm fire through the night in the Scottish Borders.

Emergency services were called to West Mains Farm in Ancrum near Jedburgh at half past eight on Wednesday evening.

Several farm buildings were alight covering an area of 50 metres by 50 metres. The buildings contained farm machinery and bales of hay.

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The presence of acetylene cylinders as well as large quantities of fertiliser and diesel saw specialist vehicles and officers sent to deal with incidents involving potentially hazardous materials.

At the height of the incident seven fire engines were on scene along with specialist SFRS command and environmental protection units.

While working to bring the flames under control firefighters also used high pressure jets to cool the diesel stores and acetylene cylinders, with a thermal imaging camera used to monitor the items’ temperature.

A scientific adviser provided specialist guidance regarding the effect of heat on the fertiliser and firefighters requested engineers isolate power to nearby high voltage cables.

Nobody is thought to be injured.

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