Quick actions of firefighters save historic city centre building in Aberdeen

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Crews were called to a fire at the Adelphi Kitchens near Union Street on Saturday

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Firefighters have been applauded for their quick actions in saving an historic Aberdeen building following a fire in the basement of the Adelphi Kitchens restaurant.

The call was received at around 3.48am on Saturday (26 April 2014) and two appliances from Central and one from North Anderson Drive attended.

Station Manager Colin Laing was Incident Commander at the scene and he said: "This was a challenging job for the crews because of the restricted access to the Adelphi and the location of the fire.

"I would like to praise local firefighters for the efficient way they got to work at this incident. By quickly establishing the location of the fire they undoubtedly prevented a much larger scale incident and potentially saved the building."

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used one hosereel jet to extinguish the fire and then ventilated the building using a PPV (positive pressure ventilation) fan.

Firefighters evacuated residents from the four storey block of flats above the restaurant as a precautionary measure and they were able to return safely to their properties after about an hour.

Fire damage was confined to the basement with only slight smoke damage within the restaurant allowing it to re-open for business the following day. The Service intends to engage with the building occupiers to provide fire safety advice.