SFRS tackle major fire at Burnside Day Centre, Aberdeen

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10 appliances were involved in the fire in the city's Mastrick area

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Photo courtesy of Liam Mearns, Firefighting in Scotland Facebook page

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spent much of yesterday tackling a large fire at the Burnside Day Centre in the Mastrick area of Aberdeen.

Appliances were called to the scene at 5.30pm yesterday (Sunday 27 April 2014) after receiving over 50 calls from vigilant members of the public reporting the incident.

At its height ten fire appliances were at the scene. There were two pumps from North Anderson Drive, two from Central, one from Altens, one from Dyce, the height vehicle from Central, Incident Command Unit from Altens, Water carrier from Stonehaven and the Welfare Unit from Huntly.

Police Scotland, The Scottish Ambulance Service, representatives from Aberdeen City Council and Scottish Water also assisted with operations.

The fire was extinguished by firefighter using two ground monitors and six main jets. Crews worked tirelessly throughout the day and brought the blaze under control by 9.15pm.

Local Senior Officer and Incident Commander, David Rout, said: “I would like to praise the support that was provided by Police Scotland who assisted with crowd control and road closures.

“Members of the local community co-operated fully when they were asked to relocate to safe areas away from fire-fighting operations and vehicular movements at the incident.

“The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. A joint investigation by police and specialist fire investigators has been arranged and will take place today (Monday 28 April 2014)."

Such was the scale of the fire it prompted SFRS to issue advice through Police for residents living in the vicinity of the fire to stay indoors with windows and doors closed as a precaution. Thick black smoke was visible from across the city.