FIVE days after a fire destroyed a pavilion in Renfrew, investigators have admitted they still don’t know what started the blaze.

The Robertson Park Pavilion was burned down on Friday with plumes of smoke billowing into the sky being visible for miles. 

No one was injured in the fire but emergency services remained in place overnight to tackle the blaze at the unused facility. 

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However, despite the area being notorious as a hotspot for vandals and fire raisers, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service chiefs say they are yet to determine the cause. 

For the fire to be investigated as criminal by Police Scotland, the fire service has to confirm that it may have been wilfully raised.

As of yesterday evening, police chiefs confirmed they had yet to be asked by the fire service to look into the cause. 

Police Scotland declined to comment at this stage of the investigation. 

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The aftermatch of the blaze that destroyed the Robertson Park Pavilion (photo: John Shaw) 

Councillor John Shaw, who was one of many of the area’s representatives who took to social media in the aftermath of the blaze, said it would be a “huge coincidence” if the building had somehow not been deliberately set ablaze. 

He had earlier taken to Facebook to write: “In the cold light of day it’s a depressing sight.

“Unless there are imminent plans for the remaining structure we simply cannot have it sitting untouched in the middle of the park and it should be removed asap.”

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, criticised the “thoughtless morons” who are widely believed to have been behind the attack. 

He added: “There will be a fence erected around the pavilion to keep folk out as the council work out plans for the building, which will undoubtedly require it’s demolition.”

Council officers are set to meet later this week to evaluate the damage and discuss whether or not the building has to be demolished. 

A Council spokesperson said: “The Robertson Park pavilion has been secured following a fire at the weekend. The Council is currently assessing the structure for damage. 

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“Once we know more, we will make a decision on the appropriate action to take.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service did not respond to request for comment before going to press.