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Fire-gutted Cumbernauld hotel to battle on as much as possible

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:45 GMT on Thursday, May 16th, 2013.

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A CUMBERNAULD hotel which has been left reeling after a Sunday morning fire has demonstrated remarkable gusto, in its attempts to restore normality. 

Staff at the Castlecary House Hotel have confirmed that the fire will not stop the hotel, and have reaffirmed their commitment to restore the hotel to its normality, as much as possible.

The fire broke out at the hotel at 4am on Sunday morning, with the blaze emanating from the hotel’s kitchen, with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews from Cumbernauld, Denny and Larbert on scene shortly after a 999 call, made by a security guard at the hotel.

Commenting, Cumbernauld Station Commander Eddie Finnieston said: “This was a serious kitchen fire requiring a quick and effective response from firefighters.

“Crews led four residents to safety and tackled the flames, which had taken hold in a kitchen and could have easily spread to other parts of the hotel.”

Six firefighters wearing full breathing apparatus brought the flames under control using two high-pressure main water jets, before continuing to search the two-storey building for signs of hidden fire spread.

Work then began to ventilate the property and check for potential hot spots with a specialist Fire Investigation team, including a fire detection dog, called in to assist a joint investigation between SFRS and Police Scotland.

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Station Commander Finnieston praised the firefighters involved. He added: “Their efforts ensured the fire was quickly brought under control, minimising damage to the building and preventing casualties.

“They can be extremely proud of their actions, which put into practice their specialist firefighting and rescue skills.”

An investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway. However, only forty-eight hours after the blaze, the hotel’s bar was once again open for custom, with accommodation still being offered in the cottages outwith the main building – despite staff being unable to provide food for guests. 

Talking to the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle, Duty manager Jackie McMillan said: “Yes it is devastating but we will just have to try and get on with things.

“And we are all doing our best to roll our sleeves up and pitch in,” she added.

Since the blaze – which nobody was injured in - staff have drawn inspiration from their version of the much-seen World War Two poster, ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ - which the hotel have affixed to the front door; bearing the motto, “Keep calm, the Cary is Carrying On.”

“That’s something we are trying to do – we just have to try to move on,” Jackie told the Cumbernauld News.

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