Scottish center for people with disabilities burned down by vandals just days after lockdown reopened
Vital center for people with disabilities was torched by cruel vandals just FOUR DAYS after it reopened after the lockdown.
The Love Street Disability Resource Center in Paisley was burnt down on Thursday evening, leaving the roof virtually destroyed.
Emergency services rushed to the scene at 7:30 p.m. to extinguish the blaze, which police confirmed as deliberate.
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Shocking footage shows how the roof has been destroyed, there are charred walls and much of the interior is soaked after firefighters battled the flames.
A Twitter post on Monday showed users of the service excited to return to the center.
Now, the bosses of the Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership have confirmed it will be closed “until further notice”.
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A spokesperson said: “We are devastated by the news of a fire at the Disability Resource Center (DRC).
“Unfortunately, this means that after only four days of reintroducing building-based services in the DRC, we have no choice but to close the building until further notice.
“The safety and well-being of everyone involved is our top priority. We are working with our partners to develop intermediate and longer term plans with the best interests of all service users as the main objective.
“We will continue to offer our support for awareness, digital and well-being in the meantime.”
Staff were devastated by the fire at the center, which provides services and support to people with disabilities in Renfrewshire.
The center has an accessible kitchen, library and club room. Activities on offer include art, tai chi, yoga, knitting, history, computing, filmmaking, photography, carpentry, web design, gardening, social science , cooking, creative writing and relaxation. .
Various groups and organizations of people with disabilities also use the center for meetings and activities.
A spokesperson for Scottish Fire and Rescue said: “We received a call at 7:29 pm with reports of a building on fire in Love Street, Paisley.
“We mobilized six devices to go to the scene and extinguish the fire.
“We have left the incident in the hands of the Scottish police.”
A Scottish Police spokesperson said: ‘We were informed of a fire at premises on Love Street in Paisley shortly after 8:25 pm on Thursday 18th November.
“The blaze was extinguished by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Services and no one was injured.
“The fire is being treated as deliberate and investigations are underway. Anyone with information can call 101, citing 3155 on November 18.
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