SFRS and police investigating fire at a farm outbuilding at Murkle, near Thurso

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The outbuilding was well alight when crews arrived

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service responded to reports of a fire within a farm building in the Murkle area, near the A836 Castletown to Thurso Road on Sunday.

Two fire engines from Thurso fire station were mobilized at around 2.10am on 22 June 2014 and on arrival crews discovered that the building was well alight and they had report that gas cylinders were involved.

Further appliances were called from John O’Groats and Wick to provide water supplies and to tackle the blaze.

SFRS Group Manager Phil Green said: "The crews were working hard from the early hours, in particularly hazardous conditions to bring this fire under control.

"A thermal imaging camera was used as our crews had to continuously monitor the temperature of the cylinders."

Firefighters from Bettyhill used a main jet and ground monitor to ensure the cylinders were sufficiently cooled.

There will be an investigation into the cause of the fire and Police Scotland are carrying out inquiries into the incident.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have been in or around the area between midnight and 2.30am to contact 101 with information.