Fish­ing boat fire at north east har­bour

Early morn­ing blaze on moored fish­ing boat rages for over an hour

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

Cause of blaze still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Fire­fight­ers were called out to deal with a blaze on a fish­ing boat docked at a north-east har­bour yes­ter­day.

The En­ter­prise II was moored at Mac­duff Har­bour when the fire be­gan to take hold.

Crews from Mac­duff, Banff, Port­soy and Tur­riff rushed out to ex­tin­guish the flames af­ter the har­bour mas­ter raised the alarm at 7.35am.

The blaze was brought un­der con­trol over an hour later.

No one was in­jured in the in­ci­dent and the cause of the fire is cur­rently not known.

Owner James Lovie said: “It’s all un­der con­trol and there’s no one hurt.”

Passer-by David Im­ray wit­nessed the early stages of the blaze.

He said: “It looked like there was a fire in the deck space at the bow of the boat.

“There were three fish­er­men at the scene, one ran back to un­plug the elec­tric box and they were run­ning around quite pan­icked.

“It was a de­cent-sized fire so it will have done a lot of dam­age I think.

“The fire en­gine and crew were there on the scene very quickly.

“I think it was an elec­tri­cal fault fire.

“I only caught the first few min­utes but the crew were run­ning back and forth to the elec­tric box be­fore the fire en­gine turned up at 7.40am.”

Troup coun­cil­lor Mark Find­later said it was lucky no one was in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

He said: “Praise has to be given to the har­bour mas­ter for alert­ing the emer­gency ser­vices and to the fire crews for re­spond­ing so promptly.

“Fires at ves­sels can be a se­ri­ous mat­ter due to the fuel and other goods on board so it’s good this fire was con­tained quickly.

“Thank­fully the boat was in the har­bour and it could be dealt with safely.”

A Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice spokes­woman said crews were alerted at 7.35am and made their way to the scene.

They were en­gaged for over an hour.

She said: “We had four ap­pli­ances at the scene and the height ve­hi­cle.

“We got the stop call at 8.39am when the fire had been ex­tin­guished.”

“There were three fish­er­men run­ning around quite pan­icked”

CALLED TO AC­TION: Fire­fight­ers at the scene af­ter the En­ter­prise II caught fire yes­ter­day

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