FEARS for the jobs of staff at blaze-hit Forth Bay nursing home in Kincardine have been quashed by the facility’s owners. 

A fire ripped through the residential home last Monday leaving parts of the building destroyed. 

Now that residents have been relocated into other homes, Caring Homes Ltd, who own Forth Bay, have confirmed that staff in Kincardine were not at risk of losing their jobs. 

A Caring Homes spokesperson said: “The operation team can confirm that no staff at Forth Bay are losing their jobs. 

“Our staff team are accompanying residents to the other homes that they have temporarily been relocated to, so that residents receive continuity of care and support, whilst rebuilding and refurbishment works take place at Forth Bay.”

Around 60 firefighters and nine fire engines raced to the scene on Walker Street when the alarm was raised at 3.19pm on August 21. The fire was brought under control and extinguished by 6pm and there were no casualties. 

Forth Bay’s predominately elderly residents were evacuated without serious injury and into temporary Fife Council accommodation in Glenrothes after the emergency.

Caring Homes also told the Press this week that they had commissioned experts, including structural engineers, to carry out surveys and assessments of the building to establish what refurbishment works would be required. 

However, their work is still at an early stage and they do not yet have a timescale as to when the work will be completed.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “The fire at the Forth Bay Nursing Home in Kincardine is not being treated as suspicious at this time and investigations are still ongoing to establish what happened.”

Meanwhile, community efforts are still ongoing to help residents who have lost everything in the blaze. 

Tesco’s Dunfermline Fire Station store have been supporting the nursing home since one of their drivers got caught up in the drama. 

Julie Stokes, community champion at the store, said: “One of my colleagues was delivering to a house in Kincardine and got stuck in traffic. He was able to help move the residents to safety and also notify the store. 

“We then organised supplies of water, soup, sandwiches and various other items to be taken to the community centre by another driver.

“Since, we have set up a collection point in store where customers can donate items such as slippers, underwear, nightwear, bedding and toiletries.

“Our sister stores at Duloch, Cardenden and Dalgety Bay will also be collecting, so all donations will be greatly appreciated!”

Meanwhile, the Monarch Bar in Dunfermline’s James Street has started a collection and has also asked customers to bring in any unwanted clothes, shoes, food and toiletries to help these people who have lost everything.

On its Facebook page, bar said it had already had an outstanding response from customers.