Man Dead, Girlfriend Critical After Deliberate Fire

2 January 2017, 06:52 | Updated: 3 January 2017, 06:52

Cameron Logan

A young man was killed in a deliberate house fire just hours after celebrating the new year with his girlfriend.

A young man was killed in a deliberate house fire just hours after celebrating the new year with his girlfriend.

Cameron Logan, 23, had been out with his partner for Hogmanay before they returned to his family home in Achray Place, Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, in the early hours of Sunday.

Police Scotland said a fire was later set deliberately at the semi-detached house and Mr Logan's body was discovered at around 7.25am.

His 24-year-old girlfriend was also seriously injured and is said to be in a critical condition in hospital while his parents - both 54 - were released from hospital after treatment for smoke inhalation.

The family dog died in the fire.

No details have been given on the specific cause of the fire but a police and fire service investigation determined that it was deliberate.

Officers are treating the case as murder and attempted murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Frew said: ''Cameron had been out with his girlfriend celebrating Hogmanay and both had returned to his home in the early hours of the morning.

''Later that morning, a fire was set deliberately at the house.

''Cameron died at the scene. His parents, both 54 years of age, have since been released from hospital, however, his 24-year-old girlfriend remains in hospital where medical staff describe her condition as critical.

''The family pet dog also died at the scene.

''Officers are still at the house carrying out inquiries and are also in the area speaking to neighbours and checking CCTV.''

Forensics experts continued to work at the scene on Monday with large green covers draped over the front of the house.

A private ambulance was also seen leaving Achray Place on Monday morning.

Mr Frew urged anyone with information to contact police.

''Although it was early on New Year's morning, it's possible that people were about, maybe walking their dogs or out jogging in or near the area,'' he said.

''I would appeal to them or indeed anyone who was near Achray Place, who saw activity at the house prior to or after the fire to contact police.

''Information can be passed to the Major Investigation Team based at Govan Police Office via 101 or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given in confidence.''

A floral tribute placed at the scene by a neighbour carried a message with two love hearts drawn on it.

A note with the flowers read: "So truly saddened by your loss. A tragedy.

"Please let us know if there's anything we can help with. Lots of love."