SFRS responded to large fire at industrial premises in Elgin

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Eight pumps were at the scene along with several special appliances

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Firefighters battled a large fire at Moray Precast Limited in Elgin yesterday afternoon (11 December 2014).

Control were alerted at 4.20pm to a fire within a large building used for manufacturing concrete, which measured 50m x 50m.

Eight appliances and several special appliances were sent to the scene. Appliances from Elgin, Lossiemouth, Fochabers, Rothes, Forres, Aberlour, Dufftown, Keith all attended along with the Aerial Rescue Platform (ARP) from Inverness, the water carrier from Buckie, Incident Support Vehicle from Dyce, Welfare Pod from Huntly and the Communication Pod from Altens.

Crews were faced with a well-established and quickly developing fire on arrival. Firefighters in breathing apparatus used three main jets and one hose reel jet to tackle the fire. A monitor (fixed hose) was also directed on the fire from the ARP.

Ashgrove Road was closed by Police Scotland between the A96 and Linkwood Road to allow access for fire appliances.

The fire was contained but due to heavy smoke, as a precaution, SFRS advised local residents, via Police Scotland, to shut windows and doors while the fire was ongoing. 

The blaze was brought under control by 6.19pm. Crews then carried out damping down operations and the last appliance didn't leave the scene until 10.36pm.

Incident Commander, Group Manager John Morgan, said: "The crews faced a considerable fire when they arrived. It had already burst through the roof of the workshop.

"High winds caused a great deal of smoke which hampered visibility for the attending crews. They attacked the fire from two sides to bring it under control rapidly.

"We identified that LPG cylinders within the property presented a significant hazard and we used a jet to cool these down to a safe temperature, which we gauged through the use of a thermal imaging camera."

He added: "The use of the ARP from Inverness allowed us to tackle the fire from above which helped extinguish it more quickly.

"Crews worked hard in difficult and challenging conditions, with ice under foot and extremely cold weather."

A joint investigation is being carried out today with Police Scotland into the cause of the fire.