Counting the cost

The shops at Bell Quadrant in Carfin were targeted by fireraisers twice in a fortnight
The shops at Bell Quadrant in Carfin were targeted by fireraisers twice in a fortnight

A JOINT fire and police investigation is still ongoing after a row of shops in Carfin was targeted by fireraisers twice in the space of a fortnight.

As previously reported in the Times & Speaker, the floor of the Indigo Sun tanning salon in Bell Quadrant was damaged by fire after a break in on Friday, November 23.

The firebugs struck again just after midnight on Thursday, December 6, when another blaze was started.

Appliances from Motherwell and Bellshill were despatched to the scene and firefighters quickly managed to douse the flames.

There was further damage to the inside of the tanning salon, while the neighbouring Carfin Dental Practice, Oriental Cuisine/Indian Delight takeaway and Beauty N Glamour salon were all affected by the smoke.

Niall Sloan, who owns the dental practice, estimates the bill to his business will run to six figures.

He said: “I got a call in the middle of the night to tell me about the fire and thankfully by the time I got there firefighters had extinguished it.

“There is no structural damage, and at the moment I am taking every piece of good news I can get, but the smoke has damaged a lot of the equipment beyond repair and coupled with the clean up operation, will end up costing around £100,000.

“I took over the practice two and a half years ago and have never had a moments bother, it’s a really friendly community.

“Once you could possibly pass off as an accident, but twice in such a small space of time you would have to believe it’s deliberate.”

Niall and his staff have been operating out of Dalziel and Motherwell Cross Dental Practices since the fire and have now been given use of NHS Lanarkshire’s mobile dental clinic which will be located in Bell Quadrant next week.

He said: “ I would like to thank everyone who has helped us and for all the messages of support we have received from our patients who have been very understanding.”