Inquiry launched after Bonnybridge blaze

Firefighters damp down  the fire which destroyed the workshop
Firefighters damp down the fire which destroyed the workshop
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An investigation has been launched following the latest in a series of fires to rip through a small community.

More than 50 firefighters tackled a serious blaze that destroyed a large joinery workshop in Broomhill Road, High Bonnybridge.

A member of the public raised the alarm at 11.32 p.m. on Thursday, January 5.

By midday on Friday the property belonging to JD Joinery, a firm specialising in the manufacture of wood containers, had been reduced to a pile of smouldering debris.

There were no reported injuries but there was growing concern in Bonnybridge this week that yet another commercial unit had been destroyed by a suspicious blaze.

In the past 12 months there have been four similar incidents.

In March last year, a large storage shed in Broomhill Road was completely destroyed - just yards from where the latest blaze took place.

In April, an industrial unit in Greenhill Road was seriously damaged by fire. Fears of an explosion at the site caused the main line between Glasgow and Edinburgh to be closed at the height of the morning rush hour.

That same month a warehouse in Seabegs Road was also destroyed.

And in May, a two-storey building in Bridge Street was gutted by a blaze.

JD Joinery, which employs around 20 people, was trading as normal this week. Owner Jimmy Douglas is understood to have been on holiday at the time of the fire.

Bonnybridge councillor William Buchanan said: “Jimmy Douglas is a well-known and respected figure in the community.

“Since the fire a number of people in the local business community have contacted me to express their concern that an arsonist appears to be on the loose. They are worried that their business could be next.

“Thankfully there has been no injuries from any of these fires, but I would urge people to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police.”

A police spokeswoman said: “We have nothing to link these crimes at this moment in time. We appeal for anyone with information to contact us.”