Fire Crews tackle major fire in Murraygate, Dundee

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At it's height 50 firefighters were on scene

Firefighters Wearing Breathing Apparatus Use Hose Line - Main Jets - From Seagate - 21 December 2014

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were alerted to a major fire at the Christmas Shop in Murraygate, Dundee shortly after midday yesterday (21 December).

Initial fire appliances from Blackness Community Fire Station were joined by additional fire engines from throughout Dundee, Carnoustie and Tayport due to the severity of the fire as it rapidly spread through the building.
  
In total eight fire engines, an aerial appliance, command unit with 50 firefighters tackled the blaze and brought it under control using several main fire-fighting jets and the aerial appliance as a water tower. Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze from Murraygate and the roof of a building to the rear to prevent it spreading to adjacent premises.

A large number of festive season shoppers gathered to watch as Police maintained cordons to keep the public at a safe distance. Gas and Electricity Companies were called to ensure that supplies were isolated to the building whilst Scottish Ambulance Service crews attended as a precautionary measure due to the scale of the incident.

The main seat of the fire was brought under control at approximately 6pm however firefighters remain in attendance cutting away and dampening down hotspots within the building. There were no injuries to the public or Firefighters at this incident with shop workers evacuated as the fire began to take hold.

Area Manager Kenny Fraser, the SFRS incident commander, said: “Our firefighters were faced with a challenging and rapidly developing fire within the main shop and their priority was to ensure that no staff or customers were at risk and to save as much of the building as possible whilst prevent it spreading to adjacent premises within the row of shops in the Murraygate area.

“Through the efforts of the firefighters the fire was successfully contained to the Christmas Shop building and although there has been extensive damage, the neighbouring businesses were protected.

“Firefighters using a thermal image camera were able to check the building for hidden fire travel and effectively extinguish hotspots.”

The cause of the fire is still to be investigated by SFRS and Police Scotland.

To join Scotland’s fight against fire and arrange a free home fire safety visit, contact SFRS on the freephone number 0800 0731 999, text ‘check’ to 61611, or fill out a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.

Links to You Tube footage of fire-fighting operations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwWZoq6IbCo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2g0HJHBZ34

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