Wit­nesses to blaze sought

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Po l i ce are seek­ing wit­nesses af­ter a will­ful fire rais­ing took place at Farme Castle In­dus­trial Es­tate in Ruther­glen this week.

The in­ci­dent took place at the es­tate in Duchess Place in the early hours of Mon­day morn­ing ( June 15).

It is un­der­stood the build­ing in ques­tion con­tained around 30 ve­hi­cles.

On re­ceipt of the ini­tial call at around mid­night fire­fight­ers from Pol­madie and Cly­desmill com­mu­nity fire sta­tions were sent to the scene and on ar­rival were faced with a rapidly de­vel­op­ing fire. The ini­tial of­fi­cer in charge im­me­di­ately re­quested as­sis­tance and fur­ther crews from Cow­cad­dens fire sta­tion were also mo­bilised to as­sist.

The Fire Ser­vice re­ceived nu­mer­ous calls from the public due to the large vol­umes of smoke from the in­ci­dent mov­ing across the area.

With the ad­di­tional dan­ger of the fuel con­tained within the fuel tanks of the ve­hi­cles within the build­ing six fire­fight­ers were tasked with at­tack­ing the fire in­ter­nally wear­ing breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus and us­ing three large bore fire­fight­ing jets.

The fire spread into the roof space of the build­ing, which re­quired the use of a spe­cial­ist ‘high reach’ fire ap­pli­ance to di­rect large amounts of wa­ter onto the roof of the build­ing.

In­spec­tor Jim Gillespie of Ruther­glen Po­lice Of­fice said po­lice were seek­ing wit­nesses to the in­ci­dent: “Fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion we are treat­ing the in­ci­dent as a will­ful fire rais­ing.

“En­quiries are on go­ing and any wit­nesses can con­tact 0141 532 5210.”

In­di­cent Po­lice are seek­ing wit­nesses af­ter a fire in Duchess Place

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