Update on scrap yard fire in Kirkcaldy, Fife

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Over 80 firefighters tackle large scrap yard fire in Kirkcaldy today.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews remain on scene to continue to cool down cars and place them in a safe area following a large fire in a scrap yard within an industrial area of Dysart in Kirkcaldy, Fife in the early hours of this morning (29 April).

Appliances from Kirkcaldy, Methil, Glenrothes, Cupar, Auchtermuchty, St Monans and Dunfermline were mobilised shortly after 12:30am and on arrival found a rapidly developing fire, affecting around 200 cars within a vehicle scrap yard.

Over 80 firefighters tackled the blaze using several high pressure main water jets and ground fire fighting monitors.

Local Senior Officer for Fife Iain Vincent said “Firefighting crews quickly realised the extent of the fire and requested additional firefighting appliances.  They successfully managed to stop the fire spreading to a number of large sheds within the site that contained a number of LPG and other cylinders. 

"This was a very successful operation for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service with  the use of resources from across the east of Scotland.”

"Appliances remain at the scene and dampening down operations are likely to go on for some time.”

One firefighter was taken to hospital for a precautionary check on his ears after a car exploded nearby.  He was not injured and was returned to the scene.

There will be a joint investigation into the cause of the fire with Police Scotland.