Arsonist on the Loose

A car and a van have been damaged following a fire at a Residential area in Edinburgh just after 3am on the 24th October

Fire crews rushed to the scene in the Chesser area after the alarm was raised, amid fears it could spread to a neighbouring building.

They used breathing apparatus to extinguish the blaze.

It’s the second home to be hit by fire in the city in three days and is thought to be part of an ongoing attack by an arsonist.

A home was badly damaged were damaged following an arson attack on a garage in Ravelston around 4am on 21st. The home was unoccupied at the time.

Kym Hall, who shared a photo of the latest fire on her Facebook page, said: “Be aware folks. Some little ** is going about setting vans on fire. This was the back of 3am this morning. Thankfully the fire services got to this scene quick or it could have been a lot worse!!!”

Police have confirmed they are investigating the incidents and appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

A spokesperson said: “Around 3.20am, police received a report of a van on fire outside a garage in Abbyhill. Emergency services attended and initial indications are the fire was set deliberately.

“No-one was within the garage at the time and two cars were damaged by the fire. Both vehicles were due to be destroyed. Despite this, the garage has been able to open today.”

Officers have been carrying out enquiries and are checking CCTV footage from in and around the area for any additional information it may provide.

Detective Constable Bruce Dodds said: “This garage sits within a residential area and it may be that someone saw or heard something in the early hours of this morning. I would appeal to local residents to think back and consider if they noticed anything suspicious, did you see anyone hanging around outside the garage, did you hear anything? Any small piece of information could assist us in locating whoever is responsible for this crime.”

Anyone with information is asked to call officers on 0131 999 999, where information can be given anonymously or using Police Scotland’s Social Media channels.

Meanwhile, there are unconfirmed reports of other arson attacks in other areas of the town that are potentially connected.