KIRKCUDBRIGHT Creamery was substantially damaged in a blaze which tore through its deserted offices last Thursday night, fanned by the high winds which hit through the evening.
The first reports to fire crews came at 7.30pm when a number of people noticed smoke billowing out from the windows of the empty building, which has stood vacant since its owners MilkLink closed down production in January 2010 with the loss of 121 jobs.
Members of the public soon gathered in crowds to watch the flames lick the building and some former employees looked on with a mixture of emotions.
One said: “I should feel sad to see this, the years I worked there but I don’t. It’s quite satisfying if I’m honest.”
It took crews until 11.30pm to control the blaze.
Two fire engines from Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse stations attended initially along with a supervisory officer from Kirkcudbright.
A fire service spokesman said: “Further resources were requested and a further two fire engines from Castle Douglas and Dalbeattie were sent to the incident.
“Six teams of firefighters wearing breathing apparatus using hosereels and main fire fighting jets tackled the blaze for three hours until it was brought under control.
“Fire crew battled to prevent the fire from spreading to other areas of the factory. Eventually the fire was confined to the two storey office block which was severely damaged by the fire.”
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Police and the Fire and Rescue Service.