Major fire at Peterhead fish factory
18 January 2015
Local residents evacuated as a precautionary safety measure whilst fire crews tackled major fish factory fire in Peterhead
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were mobilised to a report of a well-developed fire within Fresh Catch Ltd fish factory in Kirk Square, Peterhead at 2.43pm (Saturday 17 January).
Initial crews from Peterhead Community Fire Station swiftly arrived on scene within minutes and deployed breathing apparatus teams with firefighting jets to tackle the escalating fire within the large three storey factory.
No-one is believed to have been within the factory as the fire broke out.
Due to the rapidly spreading fire within the premises, initial crews deployed inside the building were withdrawn for their own safety and concentration was focused on preventing further spread by attacking the fire externally.
The fire continued to spread breaking through the roof with large plumes of smoke spreading visibly in the harbour area and across the town.
Subsequent further assistance resulted in a major response of fire and rescue resources from across the Grampian area with ten fire appliances, an aerial appliance, Incident Command Unit, Water Carrier and Support Vehicles all being mobilised.
Firefighters worked hard in challenging conditions as part of a multi-agency effort to bring the fire under control, whilst also encountering additional hazards including acetylene cylinders and high voltage cables within the building. The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) were also informed of the incident as part of the coordinated response.
Police Scotland set up local road closures in the vicinity, with members of the public advised to stay away during the incident. Nearby residents in surrounding properties were also evacuated to a safe distance whilst the fire was being brought under control.
SFRS Area Manager Ross Haggart who was on scene paid tribute to the efforts of fire crews attending said: “Firefighters have responded promptly today to deal with a rapidly developing fire within this building. Our main priority is to ensure the safety our local communities and our crews from incidents like this occurring.
"Thankfully, the swift actions today of our local fire crews combined with an effective coordinated multi-agency response ensured the fire was contained safely, with no one injured as a result of the fire. Crews remained in attendance to ensure the area was safe. It will be cordoned off as initial investigations surrounding the cause of the fire are undertaken."