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Mystery fire at insolvent construction firm

17 May 12 Fire fighters have been called to a blaze which broke out at the yard of a construction firm that became insolvent last week.

Inverness-based UBC had called in the administrators after running into financial problems, resulting in the loss of almost 240 jobs.

The fire occurred at the firm's site in Stornoway, Lewis, on Tuesday evening. It damaged two blocks of temporary accommodation. A probe has been launched into the cause.

UBC became insolvent because of tough trading conditions.

Nearly 100 jobs were lost in Inverness, 90 in the Western Isles, 45 in Bathgate and five in Glasgow.

Administrators Zolfo Cooper hope to find a buyer for the Wyvis Roofing subsidiary, which employs 30 people in Inverness.

Zolfo Cooper were appointed last week to administer a range of businesses that traded at various locations as UBC Group, Wyvis Building Services, Wyvis Roofing and Mardon Project Services.

The administrators said they would work closely with the Scottish government and other agencies to help the staff find new jobs.

Later this month, two Partnership Action for Continuing Employment redundancy support events will be held, one in Stornoway and one in Uist, to help former employees to find work.

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