Demolition work starts on blaze-damaged Fort building

Contractors started the demolition of the buildings this week. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F18 Chip shop demolition 01
Contractors started the demolition of the buildings this week. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F18 Chip shop demolition 01

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Demolition work has started on a building in Fort William’s historic West End after the property was almost totally destroyed by a blaze in early December.

Workers and machines from Glasgow-based Burnfield Demolition were on the site earlier this week to start taking the building down.

Fire appliances and crews from Fort William, Kinlochleven and Oban rushed to the scene of the blaze in the early hours of December 7.

FORT WILLIAM FIRE A turntable ladder pours water into the burnt out roof of the Pier Head Chipshop, adjoining Barbers and Beauty Salon in Fort William’s West End. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image. NO F50 FORT WILLIAM FIRE 03
A turntable ladder pours water onto the smouldering roof of the Pier Head chip shop, adjoining barbers and beauty salon in Fort William’s West End in December. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image.
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Firefighters battled flames and smoke throughout the night, but the Pier Head chip shop and takeaway, the former John Wilson Barber shop and a beauty salon were burned out. Fortunately no-one was injured.

Mr Wilson has since re-opened in new premises in Caol.

Councillor Andrew Baxter told the Lochaber Times: ‘Although the fire had a devastating effect on a number of businesses, I am relieved to see the demolition work commence.

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‘This is particularly important as we begin to welcome visitors to Fort William again. I wouldn’t have wanted to seen this remain as a derelict eyesore at the heart of the town. I hope we will see a new building rise phoenix-like from the ashes in the near future.’

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Contractors started the demolition of the buildings this week. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F18 Chip shop demolition 01

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A turntable ladder pours water onto the smouldering roof of the Pier Head chip shop, adjoining barbers and beauty salon in Fort William’s West End in December. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image. NO F50 FORT WILLIAM FIRE 03

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