Farm blaze near Huntly

Emer­gency: Fire spreads from work­shop to trailer loaded with hay bales

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KIERAN BEAT­TIE

Fire­fight­ers bat­tled a serious blaze at a farm near Huntly yes­ter­day af­ter flames spread to a trailer car­ry­ing around 100 bales of hay.

Fire­fight­ers bat­tled a serious blaze at a fam­ily farm close to Huntly yes­ter­day evening af­ter flames spread to a trailer car­ry­ing around 100 bales of hay.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to Eden­di­ack Farm on the A97 Old Mil­i­tary Road at around 7.40pm.

Four fire ap­pli­ances and a wa­ter car­rier went to the scene. Fire teams en­coun­tered a “well de­vel­oped” fire in a work­shop which spread to a nearby trailer.

The trailer was car­ry­ing around 100 hay bales which went up in flames.

No­body was se­ri­ously in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

The blaze was brought un­der con­trol by 9.18pm – more than an hour and a half later.

Fire teams worked into the night putting out var­i­ous smaller fires at the site to make the scene safe.

At least one farm build­ing had burned to the ground. Eden­di­ack is a small fam­ily busi­ness that sells its own pro­duce around the Huntly area. Its own­ers are known around Aberdeen­shire thanks to their award-win­ning live­stock, and stalls at farmer’s mar­kets across the re­gion.

The Eden­di­ack site, about a mile south of Huntly, also has its own farm shop and butch­ery.

The shop opened in Jan­uary last year.

Last night, the full ex­tent of the blaze re­mained un­clear, but parts of the prop­erty were left se­verely dam­aged by smoke and fire.

Huntly coun­cil­lor Gwyneth Petrie drove past the scene last night on her way home from a meet­ing, and said she hopes the fam­ily busi­ness can con­tinue af­ter the “dev­as­tat­ing” blaze.

She said she no­ticed the smell of smoke as she got closer to the farm.

Ms Petrie said last night: “The shop is re­ally pop­u­lar, and I be­lieve it only opened last year, so it would be a real shame if this fire has done too much damage.

“It must be dev­as­tat­ing for the fam­ily. There were a lot of emer­gency ser­vices at the site.

“Our best wishes must now be with the fam­ily, and fin­gers crossed the busi­ness is in a state that it can be saved.”

Pho­to­graphs: Jim Irvine

BAT­TLE: Fire­fight­ers tackle the blaze at Eden­di­ack Farm, just south of Huntly.

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