A councillor fears someone will be killed if a string of fireraising incidents at major buildings in Dundee is not halted.
An indoor market at the Hilltown was gutted and Braeview Academy badly damaged in blazes in recent weeks and fire crews have also had to deal with several other incidents.
And the latest one – a fire at the former Wood Group Aero factory in the Baldovie Industrial Estate – has prompted fresh warnings that the people thought to have started the blazes are putting lives at risk.
Councillor Michael Marra recently met David Farries, deputy assistant chief officer of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, to raise concerns about the spate of incidents.
A major blaze at the Old Parish Church in his Lochee ward led to three teenage boys being charged.
Mr Marra said he fears there could soon be a fatality if youths continue to ignore warnings about the dangers of starting fires. He said: “There’s a trend that the fire service has noticed that has concerned them.
“I was given assurances that the major buildings in the city have fire plans but the derelict buildings are still a high risk.
“I think as elected members we have to be asking questions about whether the council is actually doing the most it can to prevent loss and damage.
“The fire service does a lot of good work in schools but the youths need to understand that this is not just about damage to property – they are putting their own lives at risk.”
Fire crews believe the blaze at Wood Group Aero on Friday – started in a disused fibreglass boat – was deliberate, and want to trace two youths seen running away from the area.
Several derelict buildings in Dundee have been ravaged by fires this year, many of which are believed to have been caused by young people.
Two regular hotspots for blazes, the former Strathmartine Hospital and the ex-Keillor’s factory in Mains Loan, were targeted back in May.
The Keillor building had previously fallen into a state of disrepair and was demolished the following month.
A fire also destroyed the former Hilltown Market in September, a day after the fire at Braeview Academy.
The former Finlathen Sports Centre in Fountainbleu Drive also became a target for firebugs, as did a footpath near Blacklock Crescent and Glenconnor Drive in Linlathen last month.
Reducing deliberate fires in Dundee is one of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s key priorities.
In his latest report Gordon Pryde, area manager for SFRS, said: “Intelligence relating to deliberate fires is shared with our partners during multi-agency tasking and co-ordinating meetings and is also discussed at the fire related antisocial behaviour group.
“Various actions agreed at these meetings have been undertaken in an attempt to reduce the occurrence of deliberate fires.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We would like to yet again warn of the dangers of derelict buildings, and especially of setting fires in them.
“People place themselves and others at risk if they enter these buildings, climb on scaffolding or on the roofs.
“They are boarded up for a reason and are potentially unsafe.”