As­bestos fears af­ter huge work­shop fire

Emer­gency: Fi­bre­glass work­shop suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age but no one hurt

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - FRONT PAGE - BY TAM­SIN ROSS

CON­CERNS of as­bestos be­ing present in the air arose af­ter a work­shop fire in a north-east town caused huge plumes of black smoke to cloud the sky.

There were wor­ries a per­son had been in­jured as emer­gency ser­vices rushed to Har­bour Road, Fraser­burgh, when the alarms were raised shortly af­ter 10am.

Six ap­pli­ances and 32 fire­fight­ers tack­led the large blaze in a cor­ru­gated iron build­ing at the town’s Gray and Adams yard for sev­eral hours. The busy site, which was packed with trail­ers, was a hive of ac­tiv­ity as two am­bu­lances also ar­rived at the scene to tend to an in­di­vid­ual.

Fire ser­vice group man­ager, Ally Bir­kett said: “Crews worked very hard in dif­fi­cult, hot and smokey con­di­tions to bring the fire un­der con­trol quickly.”

Thick black smoke bil­lowed into the air above Fraser­burgh yes­ter­day as fire­fight­ers tack­led a ma­jor blaze in the town.

The fire broke out at the Gray and Adams yard on Har­bour Road shortly af­ter 10am.

Emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived in force at the site a short time later amid con­cerns of as­bestos con­tam­i­nat­ing the air and re­ports of a ca­su­alty.

An Aberdeen in­ci­dent com­mand unit soon joined six fire ap­pli­ances and 32 north-east fire­fight­ers on the premises, which were filled with large lor­ry­trail­ers.

Fire ser­vice group man­ager, Ally Bir­kett said: “Upon ar­rival crews were faced with a rapidly de­vel­op­ing fire in a work­shop.

“Crews im­me­di­ately de­ployed to ex­tin­guish the fire and worked very hard in dif­fi­cult, hot and smoky con­di­tions to bring the fire un­der con­trol quickly.

“The ac­tions of the crews meant we man­aged to con­tain the fire to 20% of the work­shop and pre­vent fur­ther dam­age.

“The work­shop had an as­bestos sheet roof.

“The risk and haz­ard as­so­ci­ated with the roof be­ing in­volved in the fire was con­trolled by spray jets to min­imise the im­pact for those in the vicin­ity.”

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion to de­ter­mine the cause of the blaze is now un­der way.

Two am­bu­lances also went to the scene to treat one in­di­vid­ual who did not re­quire to be taken to hos­pi­tal.

Brian Fraser, se­nior man­ager at Gray and Adams, said: “The build­ing, which we use as a fi­bre­glass work­shop, has suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age.

“There was no­body in the build­ing at the time of the fire and no one in­jured and that’s the main thing.

“We are wait­ing for re­ports from the fire ser­vice to find out more.”

The Scot­tish Am­bu­lance

“Amid con­cerns of as best os con­tam­i­nat­ing theair”

Ser­vice said its ini­tial re­sponse had been based on con­cerns that as­bestos in the build­ing may have been com­pro­mised.

An am­bu­lance spokes­woman said: “Two am­bu­lances and two spe­cial op­er­a­tions re­sponse teams were dis­patched and one pa­tient was treated by paramedics and did not re­quire trans­port to hos­pi­tal.”

Crews re­mained on scene to help the fire ser­vices be­fore leav­ing the yard.

The fire was ex­tin­guished by 2pm.

BLAZE: Thick black smoke and flames can be seen emerg­ing from the Gray and Adams work­shop in Fraser­burgh

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