A LOCAL MSP has offered her support to a Walkerburn firm which has been devastated by an early-morning fire.

Flames tore through the Rathburn Chemicals plant this morning at around 6.40am.

Local MSP Michelle Ballantyne, who is based in the village, has offered her support for saving the business.

She said: “I was saddened to hear that Rathburn chemicals in Walkerburn caught fire this morning and my thoughts are with those who suffered injuries.

“Rathburn is very important to our community by providing jobs and wealth to our small village. I will be speaking to the owner to see if they need any assistance to ensure that we don’t lose the valuable contribution that they play.”