Firefighters save building following fire in block of flats, Monifieth

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Incident Commander praises crews for their hard work during "challenging" fire


The Incident Commander at a fire at a block of flats in Monifieth last night has praised firefighters and said their hard work saved the building.

The fire within a top floor flat in the Angus town's Brook Street area was reported at around 10.49pm (29 October 2013).

Two appliances from Balmossie Fire Station in Dundee and one from the Kingsway Station in Dundee attended along with the Fire Emergency Service Support vehicle from Balmossie.

Residents were evacuated from all six flats whilst firefighters in breathing apparatus battled the blaze with three hosereel jets and one main jet.

Incident Commander from Dundee East, Bruce Farquharson, said: "This was a significant fire in lathe and plaster walls which was encroaching on the roof space.

"Firefighters attacked the fire aggressively to expose the timbers on fire and they managed to stop the fire causing further damage to the roof.

"They worked extremely hard and there is no doubt their efforts saved the rest of the block. They worked in very challenging circumstances with thick smoke."

The occupants from three of the flats had to be rehoused, but residents from the remaining three were allowed to return to their homes. British Red Cross also attended to provide welfare support at the incident and Police Scotland were also in attendance.