The future of another old house in Blantyre looks to be uncertain today, upon the sad news of another “sudden fire”, this time to the magnificent property, Woodburn, next to Blantyre Station.
The property caught fire under unknown circumstances late last night, Friday 2nd September 2016, with fire response arriving quickly. However, by the time the flames were brought under control, much of this old house, which dates back to the 1840s, was almost all gutted.
The cause, is as yet undetermined as the building still requires to be declared safe for further investigation. An investigation will commence which will involve the fire brigade and police.
The house and the Scott family have been subject to vandalism and anti social behaviour by youths, over several years to the extent they had to vacate and put up for sale. The property has been empty for some time, making it a further target for disorder. It is known some youths had been posting on social media about this house and no doubt the coming investigation will also visit that line of enquiry.
In the past year, there have been other instances of fire destroying old Blantyre properties. We hope the family are all ok, that the property can be restored and any investigation, concluded to their satisfaction.
If anybody knows more about this fire, or about the instances of vandalism towards this property, or indeed the abuse being given to the former residents, Cambuslang Police (who are dealing with this investigation) would urge you to come forward now.
Incredibly, its not the first time this house has been gutted by fire. I’ll be exploring the history of this house in coming weeks. Pictured earlier in 2012 by Jim Brown, Woodburn in better days.
Article from: Blantyre Telegraph