Police suspect wilful fire raising in Dumbarton industrial estate


Broadmeadow Industrial Estate in Dumbarton, which has been a target for wilful fire raising. Picture by Bill Heaney

By Bill Heaney

Detectives are appealing for information after a spate of deliberate fires at commercial and industrial properties in the Dumbarton area.

Around 8.55pm on Sunday 14 July 2019, a Fiat Doblo van was set on fire while parked on Overburn Road, Dumbarton, outside Brock Bowling Club. The fire was extinguished by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and the vehicle was removed to undergo forensic examination.

Around the same time that evening a fire was set in Jewsons Builders Yard on Overburn Avenue, causing damage to stock. The fire was extinguished and no one was injured.

On Thursday, 18 July 2019, two further deliberate fires were set at Jewsons in Overburn Avenue, Dumbarton, and at Ferguson Flooring on Ash Road, Dumbarton. Both fires were distinguished and no one was injured.

Detective Constable Russell Campbell is appealing for information. He said “Our inquiries are continuing into each of these incidents to establish who is responsible for setting these fires. From the information gathered so far, we are linking these incidents.

“I would ask anyone who was in these areas around the times stated who witnessed anything suspicious, or anyone with information that may assist our inquiries to contact Clydebank Police Office through 101 quoting 4307 of 14th July 2019.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.”

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