Update on fish factory fire in Peterhead

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Local Senior Officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray was at the scene of the fire at Northbay Pelagic today

Phead Fire 2

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service remain at the scene of a major fire which broke out at the Northbay Pelagic fish processing plant in Peterhead’s Kirk Square on Saturday (17 January 2015).

At the height of the blaze there were ten fire appliances involved in the firefighting operation. Crews worked extremely hard over the weekend and were able to contain the fire and stop it spreading.

The Aerial Rescue Platform from Central Fire Station in Aberdeen, an appliance from Peterhead, the Welfare Pod from Huntly and SFRS’s Fire Investigation Unit are all in attendance this morning.

Crews continue to dampen down the fire using a main jet and earlier this morning a monitor (fixed hose) was also in use during the operation.

A full investigation into the fire will be carried out by SFRS, in conjunction with Police Scotland, SEPA, Aberdeenshire Council and building control.

Local Senior Officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray, David Rout, said: "This was a major fire and required a very large scale response to ensure firefighter and public safety.

"The scale of this operation required careful management and deployment of resources so as to ensure wider communities across Aberdeenshire remained unaffected and had a commensurate level of emergency cover.

"We continue to work with a wide range of partner agencies including Police Scotland, SEPA, Building Control, the owners and Aberdeenshire Council.

"We are mindful of the economic and political impact this incident has on the Peterhead community and as such are working with partners to make every effort to bring some stability and normality back to the area as soon as is feasible to do so."

He added: "At this stage we cannot provide any comment on the cause of the fire as this is subject to a detailed joint fire investigation between Police Scotland and our Fire Investigation department."