Camelon community on edge over plague of fires

Carmuirs Park, home of Camelon Juniors, was damaged by fire on Saturday evening''Picture: Michael Gillen

Carmuirs Park, home of Camelon Juniors, was damaged by fire on Saturday evening''Picture: Michael Gillen

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Concerns are growing over a spate of deliberate fires that have damaged property across a community.

Now there are fears that someone could be injured if the fires continue.

Vandals have targeted the Camelon area in recent weeks, with the latest place to be hit Camelon Junior’s home ground, Carmuirs Park.

The blaze was discovered around 10 p.m. on Saturday in a metal storage container next to the main stand.

Club secretary Robert McTaggart said that, as well as training equipment, the junior team had lost ground maintenance machinery.

He said: “I don’t know how we are going to replace it, as it wasn’t insured.

“We went from the high of having a 3-0 victory over Sauchie in the afternoon to only hours later a right downer.”

Two 17-year-old youths were originally charged with causing the fire, but these charges were later dropped for lack of evidence.

Previously fires have badly damaged the Army Cadet Hall in Nailer Road and a shed at the Camelon Centre in Glasgow Road used by adults with learning disabilities.

Councillor Dennis Goldie said the authorities needed to do more to stamp out the problem before it escalated further.

He said: “I don’t like having to say it, but the rule of law has broken down. The police are trying to deal with this, but perhaps Chief Constable Sir Stephen House should realise he needs to put more troops in here. At present, it isn’t good enough.”

“The public are concerned and they have a right to be. Hopefully this is tackled head on before someone is injured or even worse, loses their life.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is appealing for the public to report any information about the wilful fire raising.

Group manager David Lockhart said: “Those who start these fires deliberately are not only wasting time and resources, they must remember it could be someone they know who may be in danger elsewhere, but firefighters have been delayed due to their actions.”

He added the fire service was working with police and Falkirk Council on preventative measures to reduce incidents.