Second fire within few days at disused visitor centre in Elgin

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A joint fire and police investigation underway into 'wilful' fire

Old Mills Visitor Centre Elgin - Fire

Firefighters were called to attend a fire at the disused Old Mill Visitor Centre in Elgin on Saturday, the second incident at the same address within a week.

The call was received by Aberdeen control at 10.45pm on Saturday (25 January 2014) and two Elgin appliances were dispatched to the scene along with one from Lossiemouth. A water carrier from Buckie was also sent as part of the incident response.

Firefighters brought the fire under control just after midnight. Crews then stayed at the scene until 11.50am on Sunday carrying out damping down operations.

Incident Commander, Station Manager Anna Rogers, said: "The building was well alight when we arrived and we used a combination of two ground monitors, two main jets and a hosereel to fight the fire.

"At one point we had to stop firefighting operations when we witnessed some arcing from external power cables due to the heat. We contacted Scottish and Southern Energy and they shut off the power supply so that we could continue to fight the fire."

She added: "The fire is being treated as wilful and there is a joint investigation between ourselves and Police Scotland."

On Wednesday last week SFRS was called out to deal with a fire in the property's loft space, which was successfully extinguished.