Falkirk residents fear for their lives after vandals torch bins at blocks of flats

People living in a couple of blocks of flats say they are having to do the “night shift” and stay awake to guard their wheely bins after vandals torched a bin shed at one of the premises for the second time in two weeks.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 4:41 pm

The latest incident happened in Teviot Street, Falkirk, in the early hours of Sunday morning, as firefighters in two appliances sped to the block of flats to extinguish the blaze which had broke out in the bin store at the entrance of the property.

This followed on from a fire in the bin store of a nearby block in the early hours of Sunday, February 28.

Thankfully both fires were extinguished quickly and no one was hurt in either incident, however, now residents are terrified they might not be so lucky if another fire breaks out.

The aftermath of Sunday morning's fire in Teviot Street, Falkirk

A tenant, who did not want to be named, said: “There are bin sheds right outside the close doors of the flats with over 30 bins in them. Whoever set the fire, it was like they were trying to block us in here.

"Your talking about 11 flats in each block with families and children’s lives being put at risk. It’s seriously life threatening and we feel like it’s not safe to stay here anymore.

"We’re all doing the night shift to make sure we stay awake to watch the bins.”

Residents stated police have been informed about both incidents, but claimed officers had not been out to the scene.

It is believed Scottish Fire and Rescue Service made Police Scotland aware of the incident on Sunday but officers were not required to attend.