YOUNGSTERS twice tried to start fires at St Joseph’s Primary School in Kelty last week.

Attempts were made on successive evenings of Monday 23 and Tuesday July 24, prompting a local councillor to warn that they’re putting lives at risk.

Cllr Darren Watt said: “I am deeply concerned to hear of the recent fire-related incidents at St Joseph’s Primary School.

"These reckless youths are not only putting their own lives in danger but the lives of our brave fire-fighters who are sent to tackle any blaze.

“They are also indirectly putting other lives in danger. Earlier this year, fire-fighters were dealing with a wheelie bin fire at this very same school when a road traffic collision happened nearby.

“Thankfully both incidents weren’t too serious but the delay in responding to the accident could have been the difference between life and death.”

Cllr Watt added: “I am assured from recent discussions with the station manager from the Lochgelly Fire Station, that they will be stepping up their education programme within schools after the holidays, however, in the meantime, I would urge all parents, guardians and carers to warn children about the dangers of fire-raising and how their actions could have a profound effect on others.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called out to the school at around 10.30pm on both nights, with two fire engines in attendance each time.

Spokesperson Calum Bruce said: “Every deliberate fire has victims, costs and consequences and we therefore take a zero tolerance approach to this unacceptable behaviour.We continue to work closely with our partners and communities to prevent deliberate fires and educate people on the very clear dangers and consequences.”

Sergeant Paul Cochrane, from Cowdenbeath Police Station, added: “We are aware of reports of youths congregating on a school building in Kelty and have responded to reports of wilful fire-raising at the school, along with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, on Monday 23 and Tuesday July 24.

“Deliberately starting fires is extremely dangerous and risks the safety of those involved and the wider community. I would like to stress that school and community buildings that are not in operation over the school holidays should not be used as an area for young people to congregate.

“In addition, climbing on buildings is both unsafe and irresponsible, and can lead to serious injury and structural damage. Anyone with information can call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”