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Tuesday, 6 November 2007, 15:59 GMT
Crews record busy Bonfire Night

A young boy was hit by a firework and a teenager fell into a bonfire during a busy Guy Fawkes Night for firefighters.

Fire services across Scotland fielded hundreds of calls on 5 November.

A six-year-boy was struck by a firework in Perth and was taken to Dundee's Ninewells Hospital after the accident at 2100 GMT.

His injuries were not thought to be serious. Elsewhere, a teenager suffered burns to his legs after falling into a bonfire at his Dundee home.

He also needed treatment at Ninewells Hospital after the accident at Tweed Crescent at about 2050 GMT.

It is our busiest night of the year with mostly call-outs to bonfires
Strathclyde service spokeswoman

Tayside Police said the matter was not being treated as suspicious and the youth would be receiving skin grafts to his legs.

Tayside Fire and Rescue said it received 230 calls overnight, which were mainly reports of bonfires, and it attended 92 actual incidents.

In Rutherglen near Glasgow, 60 firefighters fought a blaze in a disused school.

Eight crews brought the fire in the former Trinity High School in Glenside Drive under control. The building is currently due for demolition.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said it fielded a total of more than 900 calls overnight.

A spokeswoman said: "It is our busiest night of the year with mostly call-outs to bonfires."

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service received about 820 calls between 1800 GMT and the early hours of 6 November.

Rubbish blazes

One was a report of a firework thrown through the bathroom window of a flat in Edinburgh.

Four teams of firefighters attended the fire at the property in Murieston Place just before 2300 GMT and found that the blaze had already been put out.

Firefighters in Grampian fielded about 250 calls, and Tayside 150.

Central Scotland Fire and Rescue said it dealt with 140 incidents, Dumfries and Galloway 33 and Highlands and Islands 21.

Fife Fire and Rescue Service was called out to 96 bonfire and rubbish blazes - similar to last year's level.

In addition there was a small number of false alarms and seven so-called hostile calls in which fire crews came under minor attack.