You are putting lives at risk, warn furious firefighters

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FIRE thugs have been deliberately setting fire to paper and hurling it in bin chutes at a high-rise in North Glasgow.

Fire chiefs have blasted the louts for putting lives at risk.

Police and firefighters have been called several times to a tower block in Charles Street, in Royston.

Pieces of paper have been deliberately set alight and thrown down the bin chute.

Luckily, no-one has been injured during the blazes and no tenants have had to be evacuated from the building.

But incidents like this have the potential for disaster. It also put extra pressure on the fire service.

A spokesperson for Springburn Fire Station said: “These fires are putting the people in the building at risk. It’s worrying times for them.

“There’s no excuse for it. While they are relatively small fires, there’s a volume of smoke and it takes a bit of time to clear it.”

He added: “We would send three appliances to this type of fire so it reduces the cover in this area.”

Glasgow Housing Association owns the block of flats.

Jackie Morris, GHA’s north area director, said: “We do not tolerate any anti-social behaviour which could put our residents’ lives at risk.

“Extra patrols were put in place at Charles Street during the day and at night and we’ve worked closely with the community police to put a stop to these fires.”

As the Herald went to print police confirmed that a 19-year-old male has been charged with wilful fire-raising at the building on February 17. He was due to appear in court this week.