Over 80 firefighters tackle hotel blaze in Aberdeen

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Appliances from across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire mobilised to fight fire at 252 room hotel in Bucksburn

Aberdeen hotel fire 

Picture credit: Kevin Keane / BBC Scotland

Firefighters remain at the scene of a major fire which broke out at the Britannia Hotel in Bucksburn, Aberdeen yesterday afternoon.

SFRS were called to the blaze at the 252 room hotel at 4.40pm and appliances were immediately sent from North Anderson Drive and Central Fire Stations in Aberdeen.

Upon arrival the Officer-in-Charge assessed the severity of the fire, which had already begun to spread into the roof space and immediately requested additional resources be mobilised to the scene.

During this time, hotel staff had begun to evacuate the residents of the building and the crews quickly began to assist the staff with the evacuation.

The crews tackled the fire using 6 main jets, and multiple breathing apparatus sets along with support from an aerial appliance used as a water tower. At the height of the incident there were in excess of 80 Firefighters on scene, with 14 Fire appliances, 1 Aerial Appliance, 1 Incident Command Unit, 2 Incident Support Units and a Welfare Unit.

Crews attended from across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire including appliances from Stonehaven, Inverurie, Banchory, Ellon, Peterhead and Huntly, many of whom are Retained firefighters and were getting ready to finish their day jobs when they were called out.

Two appliances remain at the scene and are currently dampening down and checking for fire spread.

Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Ross Haggart, who was in command of the incident last night, commented: “The actions of all personnel involved are to be commended. The ferocity of the blaze and the speed with which it took hold cannot be understated. The initial officer in charge made the correct decision to request further assistance and to focus on establishing an evacuation whilst establishing crews firefighting.”

DACO Haggart continued: “At this stage there are no suspicious circumstances around the cause of the fire, however in all cases of a fire of this magnitude, our dedicated Fire Investigation team will be mobilised to try to establish the cause of the fire.”