Update on fire in storage building in Burntisland, Fife

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Around 40 firefighters tackled a blaze in Burntisland last night

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service control staff in Thornton, Fife received a call before 8pm last night (28 April) reporting a fire within the Rossend Castle area of Burntisland in Fife. 

An appliance from Burntisland was mobilised in the first instance and upon arrival discovered a well developed fire within a large commercial storage building approx 20m x 10m which is used for storing tables.

Additional appliances were then mobilised from Kirkcaldy, Lochgelly, and Dunfermline.

Firefighters donned breathing apparatus and tackled the blaze with two main water jets.

The Aerial Ladder Platform was requested as the fire broke through the roof space which eventually caused the roof to collapse inwards.

As a precaution, due to asbestos in the building our Emergency Support Unit from Methil attended for decontamination of all kit used by the firefighters involved.

A Fife Council structural engineer has completed an assessment of a retaining wall and there is no risk of collapse.

Station Manager Gary Kerr said “Extinguishing the fire was challenging due to difficult access to the building, poor water pressure and strong winds.

Concentrated efforts by firefighters led to the successful control of the fire, which at one point threatened Rossend castle; due to flying embers.” 

One appliance is still on scene dampening down and will be there for some time.

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