Fire at primary school building in Inverness

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Firefighters in breathing apparatus worked in difficult conditions.

Credit Finlay Mac Neill.

IMAGE: Finlay MacNeill

Firefighters in breathing apparatus worked in difficult conditions to extinguish a fire at a school building in Inverness on Sunday morning (29 November).

No-one was hurt in the incident at Balloch Primary School, which saw Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews sent in response to a 999 call made around 11am.

Operations Control mobilised three appliances and an aerial ladder platform and first responders reached the scene within nine minutes.

Station Manager Alex McKinley, the incident commander, said: “Our crews arrived to find smoke issuing from a traditionally-built, single-storey sandstone building which was approximately 20m by 10m in size.

“Two teams of two firefighters were committed wearing breathing apparatus. They gained entry and began aggressive firefighting using two high pressure jets.

He continued: “The building was very heavily smoke-logged so our firefighters were operating in challenging conditions. They successfully extinguished the fire and worked to ventilate the premises, which had sustained severe smoke damage.”

The fire is thought to be electrical in nature and no-one was present at the time of the incident.