Police and fire services probe suspicious blaze

A JOINT investigation between the police and fire service was carried out on Monday after a suspicious fire broke out in a caravan and spread to a house in Kirriemuir.

Fire crews were out tackling a blaze at a property in the Maryton area on Monday.

The call was initially logged at 1.01 a.m. with fire crews in attendance at 1.10 a.m.

The report was of a static caravan on fire with the outbreak having spread to an adjacent unoccupied property which is situated in Mid Row. Some homes were evacuated as a precaution in the early hours of the morning but there were no reports of any injuries.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “Initially there were two appliances called out from Kirriemuir and then a further two from Forfar.

“There were four jets in use, one hose reel and a selection of small tools. There were 12 cylinders to the rear of the property although they were not involved.

“Scottish Hydro were in attendance to isolate supplies.”

A spokesperson for Police Scotland, Tayside Division, said on Monday: “Inquiries are ongoing, as the house was unoccupied and it is not clear what the cause of the fire was.

“Police Scotland is carrying out a joint investigation with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service following a suspicious blaze at a caravan and adjacent cottage in Kirriemuir, Angus, in the early hours of this morning.

“Emergency services attended at the town’s Mid Row shortly after 1 a.m. and found the caravan and neighbouring property well alight.

“Adjacent properties were evacuated as a precaution while firefighters dealt with the incident.

“No one was injured.

“Local officers have been undertaking house to house enquiries during the course of the day and Tayside Division appeals to anyone who has information to contact the police.

“They particularly want to hear from anyone who was in the area between midnight and 1 a.m and who saw or heard anything that could assist enquiries.

“Anyone with information should call 101 or speak to their local officer.

“Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

At the time of going to press on Tuesday there was no further update as to the cause of the fire but the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service found no hot spots and the investigation had been closed.