Fire thugs are putting lives on the line in Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and Lennoxtown

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THREE deliberate fires were started in just one day in an East Dunbartonshire village.

Fire crews from the Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch stations raced to Bencloich Road, in Lennoxtown, in the early hours of Sunday, April 8, to tackle a blazing garden shed.

Later that day, at around 6pm, firefighters from the Kirkintilloch station were back in the area to extinguish burning rubbish.

Then, at around 10pm, they were called out once more, this time to tackle a blazing refuse bin.

A spokesperson for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said: “The garden shed fire had the potential to spread to other property, but luckily a member of the public alerted us to it in time and we promptly put it out.”

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue have launched a campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of wilful fireraising and are teaming up with schools to get the message across.

A spokesperson from Kirkintilloch Fire Station said: “Through this educational partnership we have been able to raise awareness about the risks and consequences associated with fire with pre-school children, school pupils and young adults.

“The aim is to help them recognise the value of their community and the local authority services provided.

“Recent statistics show that this message is being acknowledged and the number of deliberate fires is slowly decreasing.”

The spokesperson added: “It is important that we continue with this improvement, eradicate deliberate firesetting and ensure people are aware of the increased risk in the countryside during this time of year.”

The spokesperson also urged residents to help them by reporting fly-tipped material or combustible rubbish left on streets and pavements to East Dunbartonshire Council on 0300 123 4510 or by calling the Dumb Dumpers’ Stopline on 0845 230 4090.

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