Live­stock killed in fire at Strath­mar­tine farm

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - STE­WART ALEXAN­DER

Sev­eral sheep and horses were among the ca­su­al­ties of a ma­jor fire that tore through a farm­house and sta­bles near Dundee.

The blaze broke out shortly be­fore 8pm on Mon­day in the grounds of Balmy­down Farm, close to Strath­mar­tine, to the north of the city.

The Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice sent six en­gines to the scene.

Fire­fight­ers used three hose reel jets, breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus and ground heat mon­i­tors as they bat­tled to bring the blaze un­der con­trol.

Flames brought down the struc­ture’s roof, trap­ping the sheep and horses in­side.

No peo­ple were in­jured in the blaze and the oc­cu­pants of the farm man­aged to es­cape to a safe dis­tance.

The farm’s own­ers de­clined to com­ment when ap­proached, say­ing on­go­ing dis­cus­sions with in­sur­ers pre­vented them from do­ing so.

The fire was close to the for­mer Strath­mar­tine Hos­pi­tal, which has al­ready been a tar­get for fir­erais­ers and van­dals. How­ever, it was not con­nected to the derelict hos­pi­tal and po­lice con­firmed the fire was not be­ing treated as de­lib­er­ate.

A spokes­woman for the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said: “We re­ceived a call shortly be­fore 8pm to at­tend at a fire in a farm­house out­build­ing at Balmy­down Farm.

“We dis­patched six ap­pli­ances to the scene and we still had an ap­pli­ance there this morn­ing to mon­i­tor for hot spots.

A po­lice spokesman said: “We at­tended at a ru­ral lo­ca­tion at Balmy­down Farm along­side the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice at 7.55pm last night.

“There were some is­sues with some an­i­mals in the out­build­ings and sta­bles which could not be re­trieved.

“There ap­pear to be no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.”

Fire­fight­ers at the scene.

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