Boy (13) charged after emergency services drama in Condorrat involving blaze

A 13-year-old schoolboy has been charged with wilful fireraising following an incident in broad daylight in Condorrat that was spotted by officers on patrol.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 9:05 am
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 9:22 am
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

The shocking incident is alleged to have happened on a grassy area of Chapleton Road around 4.30pm on Saturday, March 20, after the officers saw a fence on fire and flames spreading to the grass below.

A group of teenagers had been congregating there but they ran off as the police approached.

One child was chased and apprehended and a search revealed that he had items on him which may have been responsible for the blaze. Meanwhile the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service had been called and they were able to extinguish the fire before any serious damage was caused.

Communities inspector Neil MacLeod praised both police and the firefighters involved adding: “There is no doubting that a more serious incident was prevented by the swift actions of the officers and indeed the swift attendance and action of the firefighters. In the absence of early intervention the fire which had already begun to take control and spread in the grassy area could have had far more devastating consequences.”

Meanwhile in an unrelated incident it has emerged that a van parked in Westfield’s Drumnessie Road was set alight around 9pm on Saturday (March 27). Anyone with infor mation is asked to call 101.