Suspicious Union Street fire

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TAYSIDE Police are seeking witnesses following a suspicious fire in Union Street last week.

About 11.15pm on Tuesday December 21, officers along with members of Tayside Fire and Rescue were called to a flat in Union Street,following the report of a fire in a first floor flat.

This was quickly extinguished by the fire brigade. Police and fire brigade investigations indicate that the fire was started deliberately. The occupier of the flat was not present, but other residents in the block were evacuated until the fire was extinguished.

Sergeant Hamish Gray urged members of the public to come forward with any relevant information they may have or if they were in or around the scene last Tuesday evening and saw anything suspicious.

He said: “We are definitely dealing with extremely reckless act which could have resulted in far greater consequences. If this is deliberate, people will get to hear about it and we would stress that any potential witness coming forward will have their information treated with the utmost confidence.

“Given the high number of elderly residents in the area this could have turned out to be far more serious than it was

“Burgh officers are continuing with their enquiries and are being assisted by members of the CID. However, we urge any members of the local community to come and speak to any officer, safe in the mind that any information which is presented to us will be deal with in confidence.

“One of the neighbours was alerted to the fire by the smoke alarm going off in the flat and this also underlines the importance of ensuring, at all times, that residents have their smoke alarms regularly checked and maintained.”

Tayside Police ask that anyone with information in relation to this incident contact them on 0300 111 2222, speak to any police officer or contact Crimestoppers.