Blaze at site of new OLSP

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Jenny Foulds

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are prob­ing a fire at the build­ing site of a multi-mil­lion pound school in Dum­bar­ton.

A diesel gen­er­a­tor was dis­cov­ered ablaze at Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School in Bellsmyre on Fri­day.

Two fire en­gines raced to Howat­shaws Road at around 7.22am.

Jim De­vaney, sta­tion man­ager at Cly­de­bank Fire Sta­tion, said the cause of the blaze was yet to be es­tab­lished and added: “The gen­er­a­tor was well alight. “There was no other dam­age caused other than to the gen­er­a­tor but the ex­tent of the dam­age caused to it is yet to be es­tab­lished.”

It was a busy week­end for the fire ser­vice, who also dealt with two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in Bon­hill at the same lo­ca­tion.

It is un­der­stood a group of youths stole a wheelie bin, pal­lets and a fridge from the gar­den of a prop­erty in Red­burn be­fore drag­ging them to the nearby un­der­pass and set­ting them alight.

The fire ser­vice were called out at 9.12pm on Fri­day to ex­tin­guish the wheelie bin and called again at 6.38am the next morn­ing to find the fridge alight.

Damian Hinds is faced calls to visit the Vale of Leven and make the jour­ney to the Dum­bar­ton of­fice — which is where the ser­vices will be trans­ferred to — on pub­lic trans­port.

Dum­bar­ton MSP Jackie Bail­lie in­vited the Tory politi­cian to the town, warn­ing that un­re­li­able and over­priced pub­lic trans­port con­nec­tions be­tween Dum­bar­ton and Alexan­dria would lead to an in­crease in sanc­tions and force added costs on un­em­ployed and dis­abled peo­ple in the Vale.

Speak­ing in a de­bate against the Job Cen­tre clo­sure at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment this week, she said: “The Tories used to tell un­em­ployed peo­ple to get on their bike to find a job.

“In Alexan­dria they might not have a choice be­cause the pub­lic

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