Flat fire at Pitcaple Castle, Aberdeenshire last night

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Over 40 firefighters were involved in the incident in the two storey flat

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended a fire in a flat attached to Pitcaple Castle in Aberdeenshire yesterday afternoon (9 December 2014).

Control received the call at 4.43pm and four pumps were sent to the scene, two from Inverurie, one from Insch and one from Kintore.

Several special appliances were also mobilised including the Aerial Rescue Platform from Central Fire Station in Aberdeen, the Incident Support Vehicle from Dyce and a water carrier from Turriff.

Crews were faced with a well-developed fire in a two-storey flat which was adjoined to Pitcaple Castle. Firefighters in breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze. They also used a short extension ladder, ceiling hooks and lighting.

The fire was brought under control by 6.30pm and the last appliance left the scene at around 8pm. Thankfully there was no one in the property at the time of the fire, however, a cat inside the property sadly perished. The fire is not being treated as suspicious.

Incident Commander Station Manager Bruce Milne said: "The crews did an excellent job. This was a very challenging incident due to the presence of a well-developed fire and heavy smoke logging.

"There is no doubt the actions of the crews saved the building. The property did have working smoke detection and this incident highlights the importance of having smoke detectors fitted and working properly in your property.

"If you don't have a smoke detector we can fit one free of charge. Just visit our website www.firescotland.gov.uk and arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit. You can also call and arrange a visit on 0800 0731 999 or text "Check" to 61611 from your mobile phone."