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Fire guts out Allandale's Underwood Lockhouse restaurant

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 20:10 GMT on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013.

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Early morning fire. Picture: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

AN ALLANDALE restaurant has been left with “substantial damage” after an early morning fire had firefighters request additional resources.

In the early hours of this morning, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service services were racing towards a fierce blaze at the Underwood Lockhouse restaurant, in Allandale.

The restaurant, which sits upon the Forth and Clyde Canal, near Cumbernauld, was “well alight” when firefighters arrived early, this morning.

A 999 call alerted the emergency services to the blaze at around 4am, this morning, with appliances from Denny and Larbert fire stations immediately deployed to the scene.

A spokesperson for SFRS said: “We received a 999 call from a member of the public and immediately sent two appliances from Denny and Larbert fire stations.”

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Shortly after arriving, however, crews had to request “additional resources” to fight the blaze, which has reduced the restaurant to a shell.

The spokesperson added: “Crews arrived to find the building well-alight and quickly contacted Operations Control to request additional resources, which saw a further two appliances dispatched from Stirling and Falkirk along with a command unit.”

Nobody was hurt as a result of the blaze, and due to the time, no evacuation of the promises was necessary. However, since the blaze, Police Scotland has said that an investigation is underway, and the fire is being treated as “suspicious”.

The SFRS spokesperson added: “The blaze caused substantial damage to the building and firefighters remain at the scene. A specialist Fire Investigation Unit is also in attendance to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident.”

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