Garages and car destroyed in Forfar blaze

Police Scotland are trying to trace a youth in connection with a fire in Forfar last night which completely destroyed three garages.

The emergency services were called out at 5 pm after fire broke out in the row of garages, situated off a side road at Fruithill.

The garages run between Fruithill and Jeanfield Crescent.

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 5pm on Tuesday, April 11, to reports of a shed on fire at Fruithill, Forfar.

“Upon arrival firefighters discovered three garages well alight. The fire had also spread to two further garages and two garden sheds.

“Crews used four high-powered hoses to extinguish the flames.

One of the burned out garages with the car.

One of the burned out garages with the car.

“There were no casualties reported and firefighters left the scene just before 6pm after ensuring the area was made safe.”

This morning a spokesperson for Police Scotland confirmed three garages had been destroyed, along with a Vauxhall Corsa vehicle in one.

The spokesperson continued: “We are appealing for witnesses and are looking to trace a youth”.

P.C. Scott Anderson posted a number of posts on Twitter shortly after the fire was reported, advising Fruithill was closed to traffic.

The blaze came only a few hours after Police Scotland issued timely advice for parents following a number of anti-social behaviour incidents - including fire raising - by youngsters in Angus.

The lighter nights and warmer weather often results in an increase in the number of calls about young people and antisocial behaviour, including incidents of drinking alcohol in public places, excessive noise, littering, intimidation, risk taking behaviour and vandalism.

Yesterday Sergeant Debbie Donkin, Angus Local Policing area said: “Within the last couple of weeks in Angus there have been calls with regards to children setting fires and causing damage to property.

“Not only does this cause upset within the community, the child is placing themselves and others at risk of harm.

“Further calls have been received regarding teenagers throwing stones at passing vehicles. This behaviour is completely unacceptable and there is a significant risk of serious injury to road users, including pedestrians, as a result of such actions.

“There are also a number of empty and derelict buildings in Angus, many of which are hazardous environments.

“Children place themselves at risk if they enter these buildings, climb on scaffolding or on the roofs.

“Each year in the UK, children are injured and require hospital treatment as a result of falls and injury whilst exploring derelict or empty premises. There are three buildings in particular in Forfar that young people appear to be using as a playground.

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