Shock as village bakery goes up in smoke

Fire damage at Old Firbank Bakery in Torrance 18.7.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

Fire damage at Old Firbank Bakery in Torrance 18.7.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

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A BLAZE at a bakery in East Dunbartonshire is being probed by police.

Fire crews raced to the Old Firbank Bakery at 101 Main Street, Torrance, in the early hours of Sunday morning. The alarm was raised shortly before 4am.

A petrol can and fire lighters were found on the roof of the property.

Bakery proprietor Michael Davies, who only took over the property on July 6, said: “It’s a huge shock.

“I can’t think of anyone who would have any animosity towards us.

“Everything in the office upstairs, including brand new IT equipment, was scorched and there’s water damage to the shop.

“Thankfully, we are insured. CID are dealing with this.”

The alarm was raised by the daughter of Torrance Inn owner Roger Smith, whose pub is directly opposite the bakery.

Roger told the Herald: “The dogs started barking and my daughter, whose bedroom is upstairs facing the bakery, woke us and called the fire service.”

Watch commander Raymond Stewart, at Bishopbriggs Fire Station, told the Herald three appliances attended the incident, including one from the Kirkintilloch station.

Firefighters got the blaze under control within 30 minutes.

Michael Davies added: “The shop is closed, but we are hopeful we’ll open again very quickly. And we still plan to open our new tearoom by the end of July.”