Crews respond to Highland house fire

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Rapid fire spread presented challenging conditions for firefighters.

At 1740hrs this evening (Sunday 16 February) SFRS Operations Control in Inverness received numerous calls to a fire in a house in Mitchell Lane, Alness.

Inverness Control mobilised fire crews from Invergordon who were in attendance at the incident in 10 minutes.

The initial officer in charge deployed firefighters wearing breathing apparatus. Crews were faced with a rapidly developing fire which had spread to, and broken through, the roof within minutes of their arrival.

Unable to categorically confirm if all persons were out of the property, crews continued to fight the fire however it became apparent that the fire was spreading rapidly and presented a danger to the crews themselves.

Additional resources were mobilised from Dingwall and an Aerial Ladder Platform from Inverness. At the height of the fire approximately 25 firefighters and officers were in attendance.

The fire was brought under control using four breathing apparatus, one main jet, three hosereel water jets as well as the aerial ladder platform and a thermal imaging camera.

Confirmation was made that no persons were within the damaged property and crews will remain on scene damping down for some time.

There is no indication at this stage of the cause of the fire and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in conjunction with Police Scotland will carry out further investigations.

Working with partners from Police Scotland and the electricity board has been crucial to the conclusion of this incident and this will continue to ensure the safety of the area and the return to normality for the surrounding community as soon as possible.