Members of the public could be the key in helping to identify arsonists who have plagued a part of Preston.
Fire officers in the city have noticed a worrying “trend” of deliberate fires in the Plungington area over the past few days and are looking to the public to help trace the firestarters.
Incident Intelligence Officer, Steve Green said both fire and police officers would like to catch the culprits before a major incident occurs.
He said: “We have noticed a spike in deliberate fires in a number of areas of Plungington.
“We are working with the police to identify the suspects, who we believe are either one or two people, responsible for the incidents and we would urge people to get in touch if they think they could help us with our investigation.”
Crews from both Preston and Fulwood fire stations are currently carrying out prevention work with the police in the community and hope that it will encourage people to come forward with information.
Officer Green said: “Plungington looks to be the main centre with incidents occurring on Greenbank Street, College Court, Stanhope Street and Brook Street, and we are particularly concerned with an area around the Spar convenience store on Plungington Road.”
The regular occurrence of fires tend to be started in a number of ways including setting fire to wheelie bins, trees and bushes and bin compounds.
Officer Green said: “We had one bin compound fire that caused severe damage to a nearby flat.
“It is only a matter of time before there is a massive fire and somebody is killed so we need help to trace these people.”
If you have any information on the deliberate fires please call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.