Crews battle major fire at Aberdeen garage

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Twelve pumps and support vehicles are at the fire at Arnold Clark in Girdleness Road, Aberdeen

Arnold Clark Fire - Original 106 Pic

Pic courtesy of Davy Shanks at Original 106 FM

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is still at the scene of a major fire at the Arnold Clark garage in Aberdeen’s Girdleness Road.

Operations Control received a call at 5.05am this morning (22 December 2015) reporting a well-developed fire within the workshop area of the premises. The fire has also affected the sales building.

There are seven appliances at the scene at present including pumps from Altens, Central, North Anderson Drive and Dyce. Also mobilised to the scene was the height vehicle from Central fire station, incident command unit and incident support vehicle from Dyce, the water carrier from Stonehaven and Huntly’s welfare pod.

Crews in breathing apparatus are using hose reel jets, main jets, ground monitors and the height vehicle as a water tower to tackle the fire.

This is a multi-agency response and SFRS is working in conjunction with Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service and the local authority to deal with the incident. A large number of residents have been evacuated from their homes as a precaution and a reception centre has been set up at the local community centre.

Firefighters are aware that there are oil tanks and acetylene cylinders involved in the fire, therefore the evacuation was deemed necessary to ensure public safety. There are also around 100 tyres involved in the fire.

Due to the severity of the fire and risks, crews were forced to withdraw and fight the fire externally to ensure firefighter safety.

Local Senior Officer David Rout is co-ordinating operations at the scene and he said: “We have 12 fire and rescue service vehicles and over 50 firefighters involved in this incident.

“We are tackling this incident as part of a multi-agency response. Both public safety and firefighter safety are our main concerns.

“We asked Police Scotland to issue public safety advice following the fire and I would like to thank the public for following that advice and for their co-operation whilst we continue to deal with this incident.

“This is a protracted incident and there will be on-scene operations for much of the day.”

Girdleness Road is currently closed between Wellington Road and Old Church Road.

Update: 4pm Tuesday 22 December 2015

Two fire appliances remain at the scene and are still carrying out damping down operations.

Fire investigators are at the scene, but due to the unsafe nature of the building they are currently carrying out an external assessment and using the height vehicle to take aerial shots of the scene.

There is no information at this time whether the fire was accidental or deliberate.

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