Jackie Baillie is hopeful that a Fatal Accident Inquiry into the fire at Cameron House will enable valuable lessons to be learned within the hospitality industry.
The inquiry into the blaze at the luxury Loch Lomond resort in which Simon Midgley and Richard Dyson died is due to begin at Paisley Sheriff Court on Monday.
It comes after the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service originally ruled out a Fatal Accident Inquiry however this decision was later reversed following a sustained campaign by Simon’s mother, Jane Midgley.
The Dumbarton constituency MSP said: “This is a landmark moment for the families of those who lost loved ones as a result of this tragic incident and, although it is disappointing that it has taken so long for this FAI to start, it is imperative that lessons are learned from the clear failings at Cameron House.
“From the court case last year, the families of Simon Midgley and Richard Dyson already know that their deaths were avoidable. It is vital now that this inquiry focuses on setting out clear guidelines so that the failings by Cameron House and prior warnings given by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, which were not heeded, are never repeated again. It is also important that staff are adequately trained to prevent such incidents.
“As always, my sympathies are with the loved ones of Simon and Richard who will be relieved that this hearing is finally happening however any findings will not take away the heartache suffered as a result of their deaths. It might however avoid other families having to suffer similar tragic events.”