Madness in Maddiston as bins set ablaze

Police are now investigating a deliberate fire in the bin storage area of a residential street which broke out in the early hours.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 4:06 pm

The incident happened Windsor Crescent, Maddistion, just after midnight yesterday when residents of Windsor Crescent witnessed an inferno engulf a bin shed.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police were called around 12.30am on Wednesday, 7 April, following the report of a bin shed on fire on Windsor Crescent, Maddiston. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended and extinguished the fire safely and there were no injuries.

“Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the fire are ongoing and which is currently being treated as suspicious.”

Firefighters sped to the scene of the early morning blaze in Maddiston yesterday

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson added: “We were alerted at 12.13am on Wednesday, April 7, to reports of a fire within an external bin storage area at Windsor Crescent, Maddiston.“Operations Control immediately mobilised one appliance to the scene and firefighters extinguished the fire. No casualties were involved and the crew left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe.”

There were similar incidents in the Bantaskine area earlier in the year with early morning fires in bin stores at blocks of flats in Teviot Street on Sunday, February 28 and Sunday, March 14 and then in nearby Derwent Avenue in the afternoon of Tuesday, March 16.

People living in the Teviot Street flats said they are now having to do the “night shift”, staying awake to guard their wheely bins from the attentions of vandals.

Thankfully all the fires have been extinguished quickly and no one has been hurt in any of the incidents.