Large steading fire near Keith, Moray under control

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Seven appliances are at the scene of the fire at Mains of Allanbuie farm

Keith Farm Fire

Firefighters have brought a large steading fire at a farm just outside Keith, Moray under control.

The incident at Mains of Allanbuie was reported to Aberdeen Control at 9.24am this morning (27 November 2014) and three appliances were sent to the scene, one pump from Dufftown and a pump and a water carrier from Buckie.

Crews were faced with a well-developed fire in a steading measuring 50m x 60m. Shortly after arriving a further four appliances were requested, which arrived from Huntly, Aberlour, Elgin and Fochabers. The Incident Support Vehicle from Elgin also attended.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used three main jets to tackle the blaze. They have now brought the fire under control and are in the process of damping down and removing the affected straw bales.

Station Manager Willie Chisholm is Incident Commander at the scene and he said: "This was a well-developed barn fire and the crews did a great job to protect a nearby workshop and house from the fire.

"We now have it under control and we are carrying out damping down operations."

Update: 3.45pm

Crews from Elgin and Fochabers are still at the scene damping down following the earlier fire. Firefighters in breathing apparatus are using two main jets and spreading the straw to extinguish any remaining hot spots.

The Incident Support Vehicle from Elgin also remains at the scene.