People in Nottingham have voiced their anger over a fire that may have been started deliberately yesterday (June 10).
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to the scene after after a bin store was set alight around 2am.
Police arrested a 17-year-old girl on suspicion of arson.
Local residents have now spoken out.
Retired Patrick Pearce, of Meadows, 64, said: “It is terrible.
“It could have been really bad – I hope no one got hurt.”
Retail assistant Jazmine Odams, of Bulwell, 20, added: It could have been dangerous, it could have spread and hurt someone- it is quite scary.”
Other walkers in Lister Gate said they were “concerned” such an incident happened in a central area.
Accommodation officer Keith Smith, of city centre, 63, added: “It is quite difficult to imagine that people could do such a thing.
“We often have problems with the bins in city centre because people think it is funny to fool around.
“We should not seal them up just because people would do such a thing.”
A couple who were just walking in the area said they were shocked to hear the news.
Norman, of Meadows, 74, said: “It is disgusting really – I feel like the city centre became very dangerous.
“It is getting worse every day.”
His wife Kath, 70, added: “This sort of anti-social behaviour has become a local issue.
“There used to be police officers patrolling the area every day – not we have got things like that happening right in the city centre.”
Joseph Cove, 25, works as an IT system admin in the city centre and said: “It is the uneducated people who do not think about the consequences.
“There is no excuse for such an irresponsible behaviour.”
Detective Sergeant Nick Wood of Nottinghamshire Police is leading the investigation to determine the cause.
He said: “This would have been a terrifying incident for those involved and required a joint response from emergency services.
“It would have been incredibly concerning for the local community but the fire caused minimal damage and no one was injured.
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“Residents were woken up at around 2am this morning in Lister Gate after hearing a loud bang, before the fire alarm sounded and smoke filled the air.
“Thankfully the fire was quickly contained after emergency services swiftly responded to this incident.
“Fires close to peoples’ homes can have devastating consequences which is why we treat incidents like this with such seriousness.”