As the Dispatch/Herald goes to press on Tuesday morning we are hearing of a potentially disastrous spate of fire-raising at the weekend in a normally quiet, residential Forfar street.
Overnight on Saturday and Sunday three separate premises were targeted in the Robertson Terrace/Bankhead Gardens areas.
At one a fire was discovered in a shed which also contained an empty gas cylinder.
At another address an outhouse was set ablaze.
The domestic electricity supply was routed through this building and, as a consequence, power was cut off.
It is thought that those responsible were disturbed at the third address before they could complete their evil business.
There, papers had been piled up beside a motor vehicle, as if there had been an intention to set fire to them, with the fire spreading to the car.
It is our understanding that there had been an incidence of fire-raising in nearby woods about a fortnight ago.
Tayside Fire Control confirmed that a fire engine from Forfar had attended one outbreak, and a Kirriemuir appliance was at the second.
One hosereel and one jet were deployed.
The first call came just after midnight and Firefighters signed the outbreaks off at 1.47 a.m. on Sunday.
Police were in attendance at the incidents, and told our reporter: “Police Scotland can confirm that officers are investigating reports of fire to a shed and an outbuilding that happened in Robertson Terrace.
“Anyone who was in the area at the time and has information that could assist police with their enquiries should contact Police Scotland on 101.
“Alternatively information can be passed via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously.