Firefighters remain on scene of fire at maltings in Burghead

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Appliances worked throughout the night at the King Street premises

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called out to respond to a fire at Burghead Maltings in Burghead yesterday evening (24 February 2015).

Control received the call at 5.09pm to a fire in a grain drying kiln at the maltings in King Street, Burghead near Elgin.

Pumps from Elgin and Lossiemouth were the first to attend the incident and were joined shortly afterwards by appliances from Fochabers and Forres as well as the aerial rescue platform from Inverness. Throughout the incident support appliances arrived from across north to support and allow crews to be rotated.

The fire in the kiln involved around 60 tonnes of malt grain and crews worked very closely site managers and engineers devising an incident plan to extinguish the fire and empty the drying kiln as safely and quickly as possible.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus worked in very difficult and challenging conditions, using two main jets and a hose reel jet to bring the fire under control. They also used a thermal imaging camera to check for hot spots.

The damping down process continued throughout the night and into this morning. Crews are expected to be there for some time yet.

Group Manager David Meldrum said: “The crews worked tirelessly through the night in what continues to be a very protracted incident.

“We will remain in attendance today, working alongside the owners, to ensure safety whilst the grain is emptied from the kiln and dampened down accordingly.

“We are extremely grateful for the expertise and support that is being provided to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service by management at the plant.”