Appeal after blaze tears through derelict factory

The fire in Dumfries was discovered shortly before 10pm on Monday.

Appeal after blaze tears through derelict factory Police Scotland
Blaze: Police have appealed to the public for help in their investigation into the fire.

A fire gutted the inside of a derelict factory in Dumfries on Monday night.

The blaze was discovered at the former Gates site in Heathhall shortly before 10pm and firefighters worked to extinguish the flames.

Police have appealed to the public for help in their investigation into the fire on Edinburgh Road, which resulted in the closure of the A701 both north and south at the Locharbriggs junction.

Dumfries: The charred inside of the former Gates factory.Police Scotland
Dumfries: The charred inside of the former Gates factory.

This is not the first incident at the former Interfloor building, which stands at three storeys tall.

Dumfries and Galloway Council published a development brief for the Category B site in 2019 which advised that retaining it was preferable to demolition.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.