Crews battle intense blaze at farm in Borders
08 September 2016
Firefighters remain at the scene of the incident near Ancrum
Around 40 firefighters battled a blaze at a farm in the Scottish Borders.
Crews worked through the night using high pressure jets to douse the flames as they ripped through large buildings at the site near Ancrum.
There are no reports of casualties from the incident, which began around 8:30pm Wednesday (7 September).
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews arrived to find an intense fire involving machinery and hay bales within the buildings and additional resources were sent to assist as the first responders attacked the blaze.
The presence of acetylene cylinders as well as large quantities of fertiliser and diesel saw specialist vehicles and officers sent to deal with incidents involving potentially hazardous materials.
At the height of the incident seven fire engines were on scene along with specialist SFRS command and environmental protection units.
While working to bring the flames under control firefighters also used high pressure jets to cool the diesel stores and acetylene cylinders, with a thermal imaging camera used to monitor the items’ temperature.
A scientific adviser provided specialist guidance regarding the effect of heat on the fertiliser and firefighters requested engineers isolate power to nearby high voltage cables.
After bringing the flames under control firefighters remained at the scene to conduct dampening down operations.
As of 8:30am (Thursday, 8 September) three crews remain in attendance.
Specialist officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit will attend the scene to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.