Lord Advocate’s assurance that Cameron House fire inquiry is ongoing

Cameron House Hotel and fire victims Richard Dyson and Simon Midgley.

By Lizzie Healey

Dumbarton and Lomond constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie, has released a letter from the Lord Advocate, James Wolffe, which has revealed that the inquiry into the fatal fire at Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomondside in December 2017 is still ongoing.

In the letter, the Lord Advocate explains that the investigations led by the Crown and Procurator Fiscal Service into the fatal incident are continuing under the direction of the Senior Advocate Depute.

It adds that inquiries into incidents of this nature generally require detail and lengthy investigation. The Crown and Procurator Fiscal Service are unable to make a decision as to whether a prosecution can be made until the investigations are complete and the final reports have been submitted by Police Scotland and other agencies.

wolffe james lord advocateThe Lord Advocate, pictured right, has ensured the MSP that Police Scotland Family Liaison Officers are in constant contact with the families of the two men who tragically lost their lives in the fire. The Family Liaison Officers are keeping the families up to date with the investigation and the families have been offered meetings with the Senior Advocate Depute who is overseeing the investigation.

Jackie Baillie said: “The Cameron House fire had a devastating impact on our own community, my thoughts have always been with the families of the two men who tragically lost their lives in the fatal incident.

“While I understand the frustration felt by everyone that there are no answers more than a year after the fire, I am also confident that the Police, Crown Office and all other agencies involved are doing everything that they can to ensure that the investigations are as thorough as possible.

“It is right that the victims’ families and our community can have our questions answered, but I believe that it is also right that the investigations are given the time and space they need to find out what happened that day.

“I am grateful to the Police and Crown Office for ensuring that the victim’s families are kept updated with the inquiries.”

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