Tuesday, January 20, 2015

20/01/2015: Crews probe cause of Scottish fish factory blaze

Fire investigators are probing the cause of a blaze which destroyed a Peterhead, Scotland fish factory, BBC News reports.

The fire which burned for more than 10 hours at the Northbay Pelagic site was brought under control overnight into Sunday.

Nearby flats were evacuated but no-one was believed to have been in the factory at the time.

The blaze could be seen for miles

The fire service said the investigation into the cause of the blaze was getting under way on Monday.

A rest centre was set up at Peterhead Academy for people evacuated from their homes in Errol Street and road closures were expected to remain in place for some time.

Three crews remained on scene overnight to damp down the fire before investigators assess the damage and potential cause.

Northbay Pelagic is reported to employ about 300 people in Peterhead, one of Europe's busiest fish landing ports.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "Northbay Pelagic is one of the largest fish factories in Scotland and a major employer in Peterhead.

"As we start the new mackerel season the Scottish government stands ready to assist in the aftermath of this fire in any way we can.

"We are asking public agencies to work with the local authority and the business to see what support can be offered as a matter of urgency."

Earlier on Saturday, clouds of smoke could be seen billowing across the harbour area and there were reports of loud bangs from inside the building.

One eyewitness described it as looking like a "volcano" erupting.

At its peak 10 fire units and several specialist crews tackled the flames.

The building involved was formerly the Fresh Catch fish factory. The firm was taken over in a "joint venture" by new company Northbay Pelagic Ltd in 2013.

The smoke clouds were visible from Peterhead FC's Balmoor Stadium. The club were playing Stirling Albion at home on Saturday afternoon.

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