Chicks per­ish as gas can­is­ter ex­plo­sion causes sheds blaze

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It is an ab­so­lute roar­ing fire...

An eye­wit­ness has de­scribed a sound “like an aircraft land­ing” af­ter gas can­is­ters “ex­ploded” in a fire at a Perthshire pheas­ant farm.

It’s un­der­stood that sev­eral sheds at Glen­shee Pheas­antries, based at West Myrerigg Farm near Coupar Angus, were af­fected by the blaze.

Fire crews from Blair­gowrie and Coupar Angus were called to the scene at around 9.20pm.

One man, who lives near the scene and did not want to be iden­ti­fied, said: “It was about 9.15pm and we were sit­ting watch­ing TV when sud­denly it sounded like there was an aircraft go­ing over­head and there was an ex­plo­sion.

“The sheds use Calor gas bot­tles in the heat­ing and they have ex­ploded next to the sheds, which have gone up in flames.

“The po­lice and a cou­ple of fire en­gines turned up very quickly.

“It as a ab­so­lutely roar­ing fire – it sounded like it was com­ing from a jet en­gine.

“There will be a fair num­ber of chicks killed – there’s hun­dreds in each shed and there’s four or five on fire.”

He added that lo­cals had ex­pressed con­cern about the use of the can­is­ters in the past.

“Glen­shee Pheas­antries set up 120 sheds for breed­ing,” he said.

“The clos­est shed is less than 100 yards from the near­est house.

“Neigh­bours com­plained about the risks of Calor gas ex­plod­ing but we were guar­an­teed that it would never hap­pen.”

A spokes­woman for the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said: “We re­ceived a call just be­fore 9.20pm.

“We mo­bilised two ap­pli­ances from Blair­gowrie and one from Coupar Angus.

“The fire is in a shed hous­ing chicks and we are us­ing hose reels.

“There was propane cylin­ders alight and vent­ing.”

The Courier was un­able to con­tact Glen­shee Pheas­antries for com­ment.

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