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Suspicious fire in Hawick

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after a suspicious fire in Hamilton Road, Hawick.

A shed attached to kennels housing racing greyhounds was set on fire at around 7pm, on Sunday March 8.

The shed was destroyed, but the dogs were unharmed.

"This was a deliberate attempt to cause significant damage and which could have resulted in serious injury to the animals.

"We are keen to hear from anyone with information that can help us trace those responsible."

– Chief Inspector John Scott


Council offers support to those affected by fire

The fire affected four businesses Credit: ITV Border

South Lakeland District Council says it's offering support to businesses affected by a fire in Kendal:

"Officers at South Lakeland District Council are in contact with businesses affected by this weekend’s serious fire at Mintsfeet Trading Estate, off Shap Road, Kendal.

"Members of the council’s Economic Development team are offering advice and assistance to affected business owners with issues including sourcing temporary accommodation, and officers from the council’s building control services have been at the scene.

"The council is also offering practical help with the major clean-up operation that will be required at the site.

"Any businesses affected by the fire that would like to discuss how the council could possibly support them at this time can contact Economic Development Manager Joanne Golton (direct line 01539 793276) or Economic Development Officer Jacki Robinson (direct line 01539 793275)."

– South Lakeland District Council

Crews continue to extinguish pockets of fire

Firefighters are continuing to extinguish a fire at Mintsfeet industrial estate in Kendal.

Cumbria fire and rescue say that the fire is under control, but are dealing with pockets of fire at one of the units.

The operation is expected to be scaled down by early evening.

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"The emergency services were frightened about gas canisters going off and landing on roofs.

"First of all the asked us to move to the front of the house and then decided we were better off out if the way."

– David Bradshaw, eyewitness
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Fire now "fully under control"

"Part way through the incident we discovered there was acetylene involved so we put up a 200 metre cordon and evacuated the immediate area. "It's fully under control now. There are pockets of fire left in unit number one of four units and by tea time we should start scaling down operations."

– George Sansom, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Incident Commande

Residents evacuated as Kendal fire spread

People were evacuated from their homes on Saturday evening as a major fire spread at Mintsfoot Industrial Estate in Kendal.

"There was black smoke and then there were flames appearing over the buildings and at about 11.30pm they asked us to leave our home."

– Ronald Barnes, evacuated from his home
Fire crews continue to work at the scene on Sunday morning Credit: ITV Border
The damaged buildings at Mintsfeet Industrial Estate Credit: ITV Border
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