Local firefighters were the only line of defence against a wheelie bin fire morphing into a petrol-fuelled fireball.
A retained crew were mustered together at 3.30am on Wednesday, after there were a number of wheelie bins and a paper recyling bin caught on fire on Broomyhill Place in Linlithgow Bridge, engulfing a fence close to the Murco petrol station on Falkirk Road.
The team were praised by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as “local heroes”, as they were on the scene in minutes, tackling the blaze with two high-pressure hose reels. The fire was extinguished before it spread and there were no casualties.
A Scottish Fire and Rescue service spokesman said: “This incident could have been worse were it not for the rapid response of local firefighters. We would encourage members of the public if they see or suspect a fire to call 999 without delay. Every minute counts.”
Police Scotland are treating the fire as suspicious, calling it a “mindless and reckless act”, and investigations are ongoing.