Crews remain at scene of fire at former hospital in Banchory

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62 firefighters were involved in the incident at Glen O'Dee, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

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Firefighters remain at the scene of a serious fire at the derelict Glen O'Dee hospital building in Banchory, Aberdeenshire.

Crews worked through the night to bring the fire under control and four appliances, the height vehicle and two water carriers still in attendance this morning.

Firefighters are currently carrying out damping down operations. The Fire Investigation Unit has been requested and a joint investigation into the cause will be carried out with colleagues from Police Scotland.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to the incident at Glen O' Dee just before midnight last night (Thursday 13 October 2016).

A total 62 firefighters, nine appliances, one height vehicle and three water carriers were immediately mobilised to the scene.

They tackled the blaze externally to bring it under control. There were no casualties and a nearby hospital building did not require to be evacuated.

SFRS Incident Commander Colin Grieve said: "These were challenging conditions but firefighters worked extremely hard to bring the fire under control and we are now scaling back our resources."

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