No link in dou­ble fire hor­ror

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Tara Fitz­patrick

Po­lice are still prob­ing two fires in Cardross and He­lens­burgh in the weeks be­fore Christ­mas.

In­quiries are still on­go­ing into the blazes at Cardross Inn on De­cem­ber 6 and Killin Cot­tage guest house on Lomond Street, He­lens­burgh.

Po­lice con­firmed the He­lens­burgh fire was an act of will­ful fire-rais­ing but are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the Cardross Inn fire. A spokes­woman said: “There is no in­di­ca­tion at this time that the two fires are linked.”

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the blaze at Car­doss Inn in the early hours of De­cem­ber 6.

No sur­round­ing premises were af­fected and luck­ily no one in the bar was in­jured.

The inn had been closed for three weeks and due to open its doors on De­cem­ber 14 un­der the new man­age­ment of Tommy Mur­ray.

As a re­sult of the blaze, Mr Mur­ray was forced to can­cel all reser­va­tions over the fes­tive pe­riod and the cost of the dam­age is thought to be tens of thou­sands of pounds.

The B&B guest house, Killin Cot­tage, was de­stroyed af­ter a mother, her two chil­dren and two guests were evac­u­ated at 1.25am on De­cem­ber 19.

At the time, De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble David Hardie said: “The fam­ily are ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated.”

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