Historic building may need to be demolished after fire

Glenisla House had lain derelict for decades before Thursday’s fire.

A MORAY COMMUNITY has been saddened by the blaze this week that gutted a historic property for which restoration plans had been laid.

Glenisla House in Newmill was almost totally destroyed by the blaze in the early hours on Thursday, despite the efforts of over 20 firefighters from three stations.

The building has lain unoccupied for some considerable time – and had reportedly been used by some young local people as a drinking den. Thankfully, however, nobody was injured in the blaze.

Recent attempts were being made to convince Moray Council to take control of the building – those were led by the Newmill Community Association. However, they are not having to look to a grim future as it is now believed the building may need to be demolished.

Association chair Rhona Paterson confirmed that police had been called several times in recent years to deal with reports that the building was being used as a drinking den: “Young people using it was something that concerned me a great deal, the police told me I was right to be worried as it was dangerous inside.”

Glenisla House was built in the 1800’s in a prominent spot on the village square, but had lain empty for decades – despite that, there have been several regeneration attempts with Ms Paterson confirming: “We have been working with the council for years to try and get something done about it – the owner has been reluctant to act.”

Police say their inquiry into the cause of the fire were continuing and asked anyone with information to contact them on 101.