Fire and flood in spring storms

The roof of the Ardentinny Hotel was well alight. Picture courtesy of www.ardentinny.org
The roof of the Ardentinny Hotel was well alight. Picture courtesy of www.ardentinny.org

Spectacular thunderstorms and heavy rain lashed the Firth of Clyde for several hours yesterday (Tuesday).

The Co-operative store in Rosneath was forced to close its doors because of flooding, while a lightning strike is thought to have caused a fire at the Ardentinny Hotel.

The storms began at around 3pm and continued for more than eight hours, but Argyll and Bute Council said no major problems had been reported on the roads.

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Food said: “Yesterday’s torrential rain in Rosneath caused a surface water drain to overflow and resulted in some water getting into a storage area at the rear of our store.

The Co-operative in Ronsneath was hit by torrential rain.
The Co-operative in Rosneath was hit by torrential rain.

“As a result, the store was closed from around 4pm, to allow for a thorough clean-up of the affected area. We were able to re-open as normal this morning.

“We apologise to customers for any inconvenience the temporary closure may have caused.”

The fire at Ardentinny created a huge plume of smoke across Loch Long, says a report on www.ardentinny.org, and the roof of the recently renovated residence was well ablaze by the time firefighters and police arrived from Dunoon and Strachur.

The fire was soon brought under control however and no-one was injured in the incident.

Another bout of heavy rain is expected in the early hours of tomorrow (Wednesday) but the Met Office says this will be followed by several days of cloudy but drier weather.

Emergency services brought the Ardentinny fire under control. Picture courtesy of of www.ardentinny.org
Emergency services brought the Ardentinny fire under control. Picture courtesy of of www.ardentinny.org

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