Soap drama as fire rips through Kirky factory

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

FIRE has devastated one of Kirkintilloch’s most presitigious firms – causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Around 20 firefighters tackled the blaze at the Caurnie Soap premises, in Kirkintilloch.

It’s estimated the cost of the damage could be as high as £100,000.

The blaze left a store building gutted, destroying soap-making materials, orders for customers and a fork-lift truck.

Luckily, the fire didn’t spread to the soaperie building.

However, fire chiefs said it could have been a lot worse, due to some flammable materials.

Ongoing investigations into the cause of the blaze are being carried out by fire officers and the police.The possibility that the fire may have been started deliberately has not been ruled out.

Jim Little, owner of the business, which was started in 1922, said: “I’m really shaken by this. It’s a terrible blow to the company.

“It couldn’t have come at a worst time, with Country Living shows coming up in London and Glasgow.

“I think anywhere between £60,000 and £100,000 of damage has been caused. There’s a strong possibility that the building may have to be demolished. Products are going to have to be rationed a bit.”

The alarm was raised on Monday, October 31, at around 10.20pm.

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