16/09/2013

Concern over Harris Academy Fire

I was very concerned to hear about the fire at the Harris Academy site on the Perth Road on Sunday evening.  I am seeking a briefing from the council about the causes of the fire.  I want to know if there is anything that could have been done to prevent this fire.  It is important that lessons are learnt from this and appropriate action is taken.  This fire put the caretakers working on site in danger, it put local people in danger and it put firefighters in danger we must do all that we can to ensure that there is no repetition of this incident.

It is important that we listen to the voice of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who point out in tonight's Evening Telegraph that fire services in Dundee could have been stretched by what they believe to have been wilful fire-raising at Harris Academy.

I am looking for reassurance from the council that we are doing all that we can to ensure that such incidents don't happen again.