Wilful fire-raising sees 30 Winchburgh homes evacuated

The area the fire was started in.  Picture: Toby Williams
The area the fire was started in. Picture: Toby Williams

Police in West Lothian are appealing for witnesses following an incident of wilful fireraising in the Winchburgh area.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, April 8, in Craigton Place at around 1.30am when a wheelie bin was purposely set alight.

The bin had been resting against the house, which caused the fire to take hold quickly.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended and the fire was quickly extinguished.

However it was then established that a gas pipe had been damaged as a result of the fire.

This led to the emergency evacuation of thirty houses in the immediate area with 38 residents temporarily housed at a local community centre.

They were eventually allowed to return home at around 6.30am.

Police are now appealing for witnesses.

Officers are eager to trace anyone who may have seen someone in the area just before the bin was set alight.

Detective Constable Adrian Wallis said: “This was a serious incident which could have had devastating consequences.

‘‘It also resulted in the evacuation of over 30 people, including young children and elderly residents.