Appeal after near-miss fire which 'could have spread to building'

Police say the hedge was set ablaze with the intention of 'causing significant damage'.

Appeal after near-miss fire in Broughty Ferry which ‘could have spread to building’ iStock

Police are appealing for information after a near-miss fire-raising incident in Broughty Ferry.

Fire crews were made aware of a hedge on fire in the Castle Green area around 8.45pm on Friday, which they attended and extinguished.

Police say the hedge was set ablaze with the intention of causing significant damage as the fire “could have spread to an adjacent building” had it not been extinguished promptly.

They believe a group of young people was seen in the area around the time, and a young boy from this group threw an item into the hedge.

Inspector Jamie Allen said: “This would appear to have been an intentional act that thankfully, was dealt with quickly before the fire was able to take hold and spread with serious consequences to the local community.

“I am asking anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident to contact us.

“If anyone has dash cam or doorbell recording equipment, please check the footage and contact us if you have anything which could assist our investigation.

“I would like to reassure the public that we have additional dedicated patrols in this area and anyone with concerns can approach these officers.

“Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 3956 of Friday, May 17, 2024.

“Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.”

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