SFRS extinguished house fire in Grantown on Spey

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Appliances from Grantown, Aviemore, Tomintoul and Inverness were at the scene in the town's High Street

SFRS name line on appliance

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed the occupant of a flat in Grantown on Spey has been accounted for following a house fire in the High Street earlier today (17 December 2015).

Operations Control received a call at 11.11am this morning reporting that smoke was issuing from one of the flats.

Two appliances from Grantown on Spey, one from Aviemore and one from Tomintoul were sent to the scene, along with the Command Support Unit from Inverness.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus were faced with a well-developed fire within the first floor flat. They used a hose reel jet and a main jet to tackle the fire and carried out a full search of the property to ensure no one was inside.

It was soon confirmed the occupant had been accounted for. A joint SFRS and Police Scotland fire investigation will take place in due course to establish the cause.

Station manager Niall MacLennan, who was in charge at the scene, said: "Thankfully no one was hurt and the fire was brought under control quickly. We are currently carrying out damping down operations and we are using a thermal imaging camera to check for signs of fire spread.

"There is significant fire damage to one room and smoke damage to the rest of the property."

He added: "I would like to praise the initial action of the attending crews who worked swiftly to minimise the impact of the fire and prevent it spreading to adjoining properties."

The fire was brought under control by crews at 12.08pm. The road was closed off whilst crews dealt with the incident and Police Scotland worked closely with SFRS colleagues.