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UK News Dumbarton MSP renews calls for answers over tragic Cameron House fire

15:40  07 february  2020
15:40  07 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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A Dumbarton politician has renewed calls for answers over the fire at Cameron House – 20 months after the tragedy . The Crown Office and Police Scotland have made no further update over investigations as the second anniversary approaches. A blaze ripped through the hotel on December

Local Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie was reduced to tears as she raised the tragedy in the Holyrood chamber during First Minister's Questions. "Of course there will be a thorough investigation into what happened at Cameron House and it is important that that investigation is allowed to run its course

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Dumbarton’s MSP has sent another letter to Scotland’s top lawman, calling for answers over the tragic Cameron House fire.

Jackie Baillie has told James Wolffe QC of the distress the lengthy delay is causing for Jane Midgley, whose son died in the blaze.

Jane still does not know what caused the blaze which killed her son Simon, 32, and Richard Dyson, 38, and there is no indication of when investigators will reveal what happened.

Both men died when an early morning fire ripped through the luxury hotel on December 18, 2017.

The Crown Office has received reports from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland but is yet to make a decision on any legal proceedings.

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Cameron House is a 5 star luxury spa hotel resort in Loch Lomond, Scotland with 136 guest bedrooms, award-winning spa & championship level golf course. The Cameron Spa, The Carrick Golf Course, The Marina, Cameron Lodges, The Boat House and Clubhouse remain open as usual.

“Our firefighters worked quickly and professionally in extremely difficult circumstances to bring this fire under control and prevent further fire spread - their response has been outstanding and they must be commended for their actions. Two people dead after fire at 5-star Cameron House hotel on Loch

The MSP has been in contact with Ms Midgley and told the Lennox Herald that she is unable to properly grieve for her son because of the lack of answers.

The politician said she has renewed attempts to secure a meeting for Ms Midgley with the Lord Advocate or his representative.

She said: “All Jane Midgley and the local community want are answers and the continued delay is only furthering the distress for everyone concerned. I hope the Lord Advocate will agree to meet with Ms Midgley in person and provide her with an update on progress with the case.”

He told her in a previous letter last year that it was not possible to provide definitive timescales on when any decisions over proceedings can be taken.

The last time Ms Midgley met face to face with the Lord Advocate’s office was over eight months ago.

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Image caption The blaze at the Cameron House Hotel is being investigated by the emergency services. Prayers for two men killed in a devastating fire at "For them, Christmas will never be the same again. Sometimes tragic events like this may cause us to ponder about what is important in life.

About Dumbarton House . The mission of Dumbarton House , the national headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA), is to support the NSCDA Corporate Societies and their members; to maintain an historic museum property, which serves as a resource for

Jackie said she received a call in January from a family liaison officer who had nothing new to report. She has been told that she will get another call in February but that there is no guarantee she will get any substantive information at that point.

It comes as Cameron House chiefs this week unveiled a first glimpse of its new-look hotel.

A £17.5 million extension will be completed by summer 2021 and will feature a ballroom suitable for weddings or dinners with capacity for 350 guests, as well as a large outdoor terrace on the lower ground floor.

It will also have 68 new bedrooms on the upper three floors, the majority of which will feature large balconies with loch-facing views.

A Crown Office spokesman said the investigation is still ongoing and will be aired in an “appropriate legal forum”.

He added: “The nearest relatives will continue to be kept updated in relation to any significant developments.”

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