Crews remain at scene of Peterhead trawler fire

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A joint investigation into the cause is today being carried out by SFRS, Police Scotland the Marine Accident Investigation Branch

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) remains at the scene of a trawler fire which happened at Port Henry Basin, Peterhead Harbour yesterday morning (16 August 2016).

One appliance is at the scene using two jets to continue boundary cooling. It is expected SFRS will remain on site for the rest of the day.

The service was called out at 5.39am yesterday. Six appliances attended and were from Peterhead, Ellon, Maud and Fraserburgh. The crew was accounted for and there was no cargo aboard the vessel. The trawler weighs approximately 100 tonnes.

A joint investigation into the cause of the blaze is being carried out by SFRS, Police Scotland the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, which begins today.

Group Manager Ally Birkett said: “This was a very serious fire with an excessive amount of heat.

“Outside temperatures registered at 200C; interior temperatures would have been considerably higher.

“Firefighters did an outstanding job to bring the fire under control in these extremely difficult circumstances. There were no casualties.”

He added: “We liaised and are working closely with the harbour authorities, Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, RNLI and HM Coastguard to bring this incident to a successful conclusion.”

 

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