Update - Darroch Learg Hotel, Ballater, Aberdeenshire

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Station Manager Graeme Goonan praised crews for helping to save between 60 and 70% of the building

Darroch Learg

Fire crews worked throughout the night on Friday and into the next morning (Saturday 21 February 2015) to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used five main jets, two light portable pumps, generators, small gear, lighting and thermal imaging cameras during the operation. The height vehicle was also used during the operation.

After crews had dampened the area down and checked for remaining hot spots the last appliance eventually left the scene at around 7.30am.

The Fire Investigation team were able to gain access to the property at 10.19am on the Saturday morning and remained there for much of the day. The Fire Investigation Unit has reported its findings to Police Scotland and as part of the joint investigation a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Station Manager Graeme Goonan, who was at the scene, praised the work of the attending crew, saying they had managed to ensure 60-70% of the building had been saved due to their intervention.

He said: “This was a very good stop indeed by our crews. They worked very hard in very difficult conditions due to the freezing temperatures and the landscape.

“Due to the location of the hotel and the terrain around it the crews did an excellent job. We had to fight the fire in a number of sectors, but gaining access to those sectors due to the landscape was not an easy task. The crews deserve tremendous credit for the way they managed to overcome those difficulties and tackle the fire effectively.”