Invergordon crews attended fire at farm in Alness last night

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Police are appealing for witnesses as it's believed the fire may have been started deliberately

SFRS name line on appliance

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) say a fire they attended at an Alness farm last night may have been started deliberately.

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses following a fire involving a large number of hay bales at Contullich Farm, Alness.

The incident was reported to SFRS at 7.30pm last night (21 July 2015) and an appliance from Invergordon was initially sent to the scene.

The crew fought the fire with two hose reel jets and shortly afterwards a second appliance from Invergordon was requested to assist. A tele-porter was used to help spread the fire load and ensure it was properly extinguished.

Around 100 bales of hay were destroyed and the last appliance didn't leave the scene until 10.43pm.

No-one was injured and no damage was caused to buildings as a result of the fire.

Enquiries are continuing to establish the cause and Police Scotland is appealing to anyone who witnessed any potentially suspicious behaviour to make contact via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager Phil Green said: "Although this incident is still under investigation there is a possibility that this fire was deliberately set. We would like to remind everyone about the dangers involved in deliberate fire setting. These fires can threaten properties and consequently people’s safety. There is also a risk to animals, birds and the environment.

"Deliberate fires draw fire service resources away from other serious and potentially life threatening incidents. Fire setting is an offence – don’t accept it, report it. We would encourage anyone with information to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

More information is available on the SFRS website