House fire in Macduff, Aberdeenshire

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Six appliances and the height vehicle were sent to the fire in the early hours of this morning

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to deal with a house fire at a property in Macduff, Aberdeenshire in the early hours of this morning (24 April 2014).

The call was received at 1.44am following reports of a fire at a two-storey house in the Braeheads area of Macduff, near the town’s aquarium visitor centre.

Six appliances were sent to the scene (Banff, Macduff, Portsoy, Aberchirder, Turriff and Central in Aberdeen). The height vehicle from Central was also deployed as was the welfare pod from Huntly.

Group Manager Ally Birkett said: "The fire was already well alight when crews arrived and the roof had collapsed onto the first floor. Based on that we would estimate it had been burning for some time in the roof space prior to us getting the call.

"There was an adjoining building but the fire was confined to the affected property. There was some fire spread to the roof space of the adjoining property but crews used the height vehicle and small tools to cut away some areas to ensure there was no further spread.

"Firefighters in breathing apparatus used three main jets to extinguish the fire. Crews made use of the height vehicle to carry out damping down operations."

At this time there is no information that anyone was in the property at the time and it’s believed to have been unoccupied for some time.

A joint police and fire investigation into the cause will now take place. Crews and police remain at the scene.

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