Tayside and Central Scotland

Major blaze at Bo'ness United's ground

Bo'ness fire Image copyright Lip Mearns/Facebook/PA
Image caption The alarm was raised shortly before 13:30

A major blaze has damaged Bo'ness United's stadium Newtown Park.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said the alarm was raised shortly before 13:30 following reports of a fire in a single-storey building at the stadium.

Three appliances attended the Jamieson Avenue ground and the fire was quickly brought under control.

The club's Twitter account said it may have started in artificial grass due to be laid in the summer.

The blaze also caused severe damage to the adjacent home of the Unison Kinneil Band.

The band's secretary Robert Docherty said the fire was "gut-wrenching and soul-destroying".

He said: "I felt like bursting into tears when I saw it.

"We're led to believe the kitchen area roof has been destroyed."

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Image caption Thick smoke billowed over the football ground
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Image caption The Kinneil Band's base has been extensively damaged

Mr Docherty said the full extent of the damage to the band's equipment was not yet known, but that all of their percussion instruments were stored in the hall.

Renowned cornet player Phillip McCann, who began his musical career with the Kinneil Band, added: "I am just totally devastated - the history of the band and the blood sweat and tears that have been produced over the decades."

Image copyright Philip Mearns
Image caption Three fire appliances were called to the scene

Bo'ness United, which was formed in 1945, play their home games at the 2,500 capacity ground, and moved from the junior leagues to the East of Scotland League in 2018.

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