Crews still at scene of a fire at a Brechin primary school
17 November 2014
The pupils and staff at Andover Primary are safe and firefighters have extinguished the blaze
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called to respond to a fire at a primary school in Brechin, Angus, this afternoon (17 November 2014).
Control received a call at 1.19pm about a fire at Andover Primary School in Drumachlie Park, Brechin.
Two appliances were initially sent to the scene, one from Brechin and one from Montrose. Shortly after their arrival three further appliances were requested, one from Forfar and an appliance from Blackness Road in Dundee, which had ventilation equipment on board and the Command Support Unit from Dundee which brought fresh supplies of breathing apparatus cylinders.
Crews were faced with a fire within the ground floor changing room and firefighters in breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to quickly extinguish the fire.
All staff and pupils were accounted for and no one was injured.
Station Manager Fraser Scott said: "The crews responded very quickly and managed to bring the fire under control in a short space of time.
"The room itself has been extensively damaged by smoke and fire and there is significant smoke logging throughout the building.
"The school was quickly evacuated and everyone has been accounted for."
He added: "A joint investigation between the fire service and Police Scotland will now take place to establish the cause of the fire."
Crews remain at the scene and firefighters are ventilating the building using a PPV (positive pressure ventilation) fan due to the heavy smoke logging. Crews also checked for any signs of fire spread using thermal imaging cameras.