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By Hugh Boag
A major fire has destroyed an Arran garage and MOT centre.
Blackwaterfoot Garage was badly damaged in the blaze which swept through the village premises in the early hours of Saturday morning. Fire crews from Blackwaterfoot, Brodick and Lamlash spent more than two hours fighting the fire and at its height flames and smoke were pouring through the holes burnt in the roof.
Inside tyres, car parts, tools and MOT equipment were all destroyed. A single car which was in the garage was also damaged by the fire. The crews were also aware of the proximity of petrol pumps in the forecourt, which have emergency shutdown valves in the event of a fire, as well as oxyacetylene tanks.
The garage has been owned and operated by Colin Cameron and his family for 23 years. He told the Banner this week that the fire could have been worse had it not been detected early. He said he could not say yet how long the garage would be closed, however, it did reopened for partial petrol sales on Tuesday.
The early detection is thanks to the quick thinking and actions of Jordan Crawford who raised the alarm. The 22-year-old had just got in from his shift at the Kinloch Hotel just after midnight when he heard what, at first, he thought was fireworks.
Jordan, whose family home is only yards from the garage, said: ‘There were five big bangs which made me go outside and that was when I noticed an orange glow coming from the garage. I contacted Colin while my friend phoned the fire brigade.’
He said the fire had been ‘intense’ at the height of the blaze and that the fire brigade crews had did a good job in bringing the blaze under control.
Colin too thanked the fire brigade teams and added: ‘We have been offered other premises and we are hoping to get the MOT centre reopen as soon as possible where we will hopefully be able to offer other garage services,’ he said.
He said the cause of the fire was still being investigated by the the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and insurance assessors were visiting the garage this week.
The fire burned large holes in the garage roof. 01_B45garage01
The Blackwaterfoot Garage where the fire caused extensive damage. 01_B45garage02