Apr 6 2012 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Friday
A LARGE fire ripped through a disused Dunipace Juniors FC social club last week – the second time the Stirlingshire side has been rocked by a blaze in little more than six months.
Crews from the Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service were called to the most recent incident shortly after 5.30pm on Wednesday, March 28.
At the height of the drama total of six appliances were in attendance, from a combination of Falkirk, Larbert, Denny, Bo’ness and Stirling stations.
An aerial ladder platform from Falkirk and the service’s water bowser from Larbert were also dispatched.
A spokesperson for the fire service said that the blaze was brought under control by about 9.10pm using three jets, one hose reel jet and four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.
It’s estimated that approximately one third of the building – an area measuring in the region of 10 metres by 50 metres – was destroyed.
Station manager Brian Fyfe, the officer in charge at the time, said: “The firefighters put in a tremendous effort and worked extremely hard to bring the fire under control quickly, which prevented it from spreading and destroying the rest of the building.”
Crews remained at the scene for some time carrying out work to make the remaining structure safe.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
Firefighters from Falkirk, Larbert – as well as retained personnel from Denny and Larbert – were called to Westfield Park just after 12.30pm on August 31 last year following a similar incident.
On this occasion, the blaze spread into the roof space of the club’s Denny base as crews fought to bring it under control.
Three teams of firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, then worked inside the building, while others were outside attempting to prevent the inferno from spreading.