Backing for fire-hit firm in soapy bubble

Fire damage at Caurnie Soap in Kirkintilloch.  3.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Fire damage at Caurnie Soap in Kirkintilloch. 3.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A WORLD-famous Kirkintilloch soap business has been overwhelmed by messages of support and help after a blaze.

As reported exclusively in last week’s Herald, the store building at the Caurnie Soap factory, in Kirkintilloch, was destroyed in the blaze.

Fire crews rushed to the scene just after 10pm on Monday, Octoebr 31, as the fire ripped through the building. It is estimated the cost of the damage could be as high as £100,000.

Around 20 firefighters tackled the blaze. Soap-making materials, orders for customers and a fork-lift truck were all destroyed in the fire.

It’s thought the fire at the premises in Canal Lane was started by vandals. Luckily it didn’t spread to the nearby soaperie building.

Jim Little, owner of the family-run business, which was started in 1922, said: “I am humbled by the overwhelming expressions of support from friends, customers, suppliers, competitors and even former workers offering to help out.

“We are looking into alternative storage options to allow us to get back to full speed in the run up to Christmas. Things are looking a bit brighter.”

An investigation by the fire service and police into the cuase of the blaze is ongoing.

Anyone with information which could help is asked to contact police at Kirkinitlloch on 0141 532 4400.