Blaze at derelict church in Aberdeenshire

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SFRS crews from Ellon, Peterhead and Aberdeen worked to bring the fire in Hatton under control.

Around 20 firefighters remain in attendance at Hatton in Aberdeenshire following a blaze in a derelict church this morning (Wednesday 18 February).

Two appliances from Ellon Fire Station were sent to the incident on Main Road in response to a 999 call made to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service at 7:30am.

A further two appliances were mobilised from Peterhead along with a height appliance and a support vehicle from Central Fire Station in Aberdeen.

Station Manager Bruce Milne, the incident commander, said: “Our crews faced a well-developed fire and they worked extremely hard in difficult conditions to bring it under control.

“At the height of the incident we had five fire engines, including a height appliance, and support vehicles operating at the scene.

“Sadly the building has sustained significant damage. The fire has been brought under control and dampening down operations are continuing.”

An appliance from Ellon, a second from Peterhead and the height appliance from Central in Aberdeen remain at the scene and firefighters are likely to be in attendance for some time.

Officers from SFRS and Police Scotland will conduct a joint investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding the fire.