SFRS dealt with steading fire at Garmouth, Fochaber

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Police are investigating and treating the blaze as "unexplained"


Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to deal with a fire at a farm steading at Garmouth, near Fochabers.

The call came in at around 4.17am this morning (27 September 2013) and five appliances were sent to the scene.

Two pumps from Elgin, one from Lochaber’s, one from Lossiemouth and one from Rothes attended.

Incident Commander, Station Manager Shaun Burns, said: "Due to difficulties with access to water in that area we called a water carrier from Buckie to assist and a welfare pod as we estimated our firefighters might be there for some time.

"There were a number of issues for us. The hay bales and potato boxes were well alight when we arrived and the smoke and fire was affecting overhead power cables.

"We contacted the electricity providers and they were able to isolate the section of cable which was affected. The fire was also close to a farmhouse which was being renovated and two plastic, domestic heating fuel tanks.

"The radiated heat caused some damage to the house and began to melt the fuel containers. Our priority was to protect the property and we used two main jets and two hose reel jets to fight the fire whilst at the same time ensuring we protected the property and tanks."

Crews were still at the scene this morning performing a dampening down operation and Police Scotland were contacted.

Police Scotland have said they are carrying out inquiries into the "unexplained," fire and are appealing to the public for information. If you have any information surrounding this incident please call 101.