Cameron House fire probe con­tin­ues

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

A probe into the cat­a­strophic fire at Cameron House still hasn’t re­vealed its cause two weeks on.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors will not be drawn on the cause of the blaze, which killed ho­tel guests Si­mon Midgley, 32, and Richard Dyson, 38, on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 18.

Yes­ter­day (Tues­day), the Len­nox Her­ald con­tacted po­lice and a spokes­woman said: “In­ves­ti­ga­tions are still on go­ing. We’ve not had any up­dates.”

Po­lice Scot­land last week re­fused to be drawn on re­ports that a Christ­mas tree in the ho­tel re­cep­tion could have been linked to the blaze.

It’s been 16 days since the two men died in the in­ferno at the fa­mous five-star re­treat on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 18, which sparked head­lines around the globe.

Two adults and their two-year-old son, were also taken by am­bu­lance to the Queen Elizabeth Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal where they were treated for smoke in­hala­tion.

Staff who first raised the alarm just af­ter 6am are re­ported to have told 999 op­er­a­tors that a 12ft-high tree in the main re­cep­tion area was on fire.

Po­lice and fire launched a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause.

Last week, po­lice of­fi­cers praised fes­tive well-wish­ers who have showed up at Cameron House to pro­vide them with hot drinks and snacks.

On their of­fi­cial Twit­ter feed, they posted: “We would like to thank ev­ery­one who has at­tended at Cameron House over the last few days, and pro­vided our of­fi­cers with hot drinks and snacks.

“The gen­eros­ity has been over­whelm­ing and it has been greatly re­ceived by ev­ery­one who has been work­ing over the fes­tive pe­riod.

“Thank you, all.”

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