Series of ‘suspicious’ fires being investigated by police

Six separate incidents reported in the Drylaw area of the capital in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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Police are investigating a series of fires that broke out in Edinburgh in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The six separate incidents were reported between approximately 2.30am and 4.30am at properties on Wester Drylaw Avenue, Wester Drylaw Drive, Crewe Road North, Groathill Loan and Groathill Road North.

The fires are all being treated as suspicious. Whilst there were no serious injuries.

No serious injuries were reported but a number of people were treated at the scene and one person was taken to hospital.

Detective Inspector Jonny Wright from Gayfield CID, said: “It is fortunate that these fires were discovered and extinguished when they were, and that we are not investigating a far more serious and tragic set of circumstances.

“Enquiries into each of these incidents are ongoing and we are appealing for anyone with information, or who may have seen any suspicious activity on these streets, to please come forward.

“We will be increasing our patrols in the area and engaging with the local community, to provide reassurance as we work to identify those responsible.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident 0675 of 18 September. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if you wish to remain anonymous.”