Crews in attendance at fire in Dumfries and Galloway

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The building in Dalton has suffered severe damage with strong winds rapidly spreading the flames.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews are working at the scene of a significant fire in Dalton in Dumfries and Galloway.

Appliances from Annan, Lockerbie and Dumfries were sent to the incident in response to a 999 call received shortly after 2pm and crews arrived to find a well-developed fire had already taken hold of the two-storey building.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus entered to make an initial attack against the fire, which involved a garage and the ground and first floors, while crews outside secured a water supply from a burn and deployed high pressure jets at strategic positions.

External firefighting operations remain in progress and this is likely to be a protracted incident, however the building has suffered severe damage with strong winds rapidly spreading the flames.

The presence of acetylene cylinders within the building has also meant residents of nearby cottages are unable to get to their properties until SFRS can ensure they have a safe access route.

Additional resources were sent from Dumfries and Bellshill in North Lanarkshire and SFRS currently has eight appliances in attendance.

A man who appeared to be suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke received treatment from firefighters before the arrival of an ambulance saw him passed to the care of a paramedic.

No further information is available at this time.