Fire at industrial premises in Lerwick

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Appliances from Lerwick and Sandwick attended the scene at Greenhead Base

SFRS name line on appliance

Firefighters are still at the scene of a fire at an industrial estate in Lerwick, Shetland.

Control received a call at 10.49am reporting a fire at JMS Mechanical Services in Greenhead Base, Lerwick.

The fire involved an acetylene cylinder and an oxygen cylinder. Acetylene cylinders pose significant risks if overheated.

Two appliances from Lerwick and one appliance from Sandwick were sent to the scene.

Station Manager Myles Murray said: "We immediately assessed the situation and asked Police Scotland to put a cordon in place. The adjacent unclassified road was also closed as a precaution.

"We extinguished the fire and then spent around two hours cooling the cylinders. Thereafter we used a thermal imaging camera to check for hotspots. Acetylene cylinders pose a risk of explosion if they get too hot."

He added: "The cylinders have now been sufficiently cooled and have been handed over. The cordon has been reduced and the road re-opened, but our crews remain at the scene."