Fire at derelict block of flats in Peterhead

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Six appliances attended the incident at Kirkburn Mills


Firefighters were called to respond to a fire at a disused block of flats in Peterhead at the weekend.

Aberdeen control were alerted about a fire at 1.42am on Sunday (27 April 2014) at Kirkburn Mills, Kirk Street, Peterhead.

Two appliances were initially sent to the scene, but after having assessed the fire on arrival the Incident Commander, Local Senior Officer (LSO) David Rout, requested another four pumps.

The appliances in attendance were from Peterhead (2), Maud (1), Ellon (1), Fraserburgh (1), the height vehicle from Aberdeen, the Incident Support Unit from Dyce and the Welfare Pod from Huntly.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus worked on different sectors of the disused block of flats and used two main jets and two hosereel jets to extinguish the blaze.

They also used thermal imaging cameras, PPV (positive pressure ventilation) fans and small tools.

The last appliance left the scene at 6.15am.

LSO David Rout said: "This was a very challenging fire due to type of property. We had to open the building up and ventilate it and also carry out a full search to ensure there was no one inside.

"We fought the fire from the front and rear of the building and used the height vehicle to tackle it from above also.

"It was a very busy night for the service in Aberdeenshire with a number of other incidents (including a bedroom fire, kitchen fire, road traffic collision and small fire) taking place in Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Turriff and Newmachar all between the hours of 2am and 5am."