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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 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.

Lorry carrying wind turbine blade catches fire

Burnt out lorry Credit: Newton Stewart Flooding and Helping page

A lorry carrying a wind turbine blade caught fire closing one of the main roads in southern Scotland.

Emergency services were called to the incident on the A714 near Bargrennan around 10 miles from Newton Stewart shortly before 6am this morning.

The lorry driver escaped injury and fire crews from Newton Stewart extinguished the blaze.

The cab of the vehicle was completely destroyed.

Credit: Newton Stewart Flooding and Helping page

Houses catch fire after lightning strikes

Two houses caught fire after lightning strikes. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has been called to two house fires caused by lightning strikes.

One house caught fire in Penruddock during the morning's storms, and another in Dalston at around 8am.

The fire service say that the fires were put out quickly, but have damaged both buildings considerably.

Two vehicles destroyed in Carlisle fire

Two vehicles have been destroyed by a fire in Carlisle.

Firefighters were called to the junction of Tyne Street and London Road at around 1.30am on Monday.

The two vehicles were destroyed in the fire Credit: ITV Border

One transit van and a private car were on fire, and the flames the spread to the adjacent building.

Firefighters entered the building and managed to extinguish the fire witht wo hose reels.

One of the burnt out vehicles Credit: ITV Border
The destroyed interior Credit: ITV Border
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