Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to deal with a fire at a farm in Arbuthnott, Aberdeenshire last night (23 September 2014).
Aberdeen control received the call to Arbuthnott Home Farm, Arbuthnott at around 12.26am. Two appliances from Stonehaven, one from Inverbervie and one from Laurencekirk were sent to the scene along with the water carrier from Stonehaven and the Incident Support Vehicle from Dyce. The fire, involving a large amount of wooden pellets, was located within an agricultural building. Crews in breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to tackle the blaze. They also used three PPV (positive pressure ventilation) fans to clear heavy smoke logging from the building.
The Incident Commander was Watch Manager David Beattie from Inverbervie, who said: “The main difficulty for the crews was the lack of visibility due to the amount of smoke. It was not easy to see the fire to begin with for that reason. We had to locate the power supply and make sure that was isolated. A cordon was set up and the building’s occupants were evacuated. The crews worked hard to prevent the fire spreading to the working mill, which was also located within the building.
“We used three PPV fans to clear the smoke and hay drags and a digger to spread the fire load and bring it outside so we could dampen it down effectively.”
The fire was brought under control by 2.53am and the last appliance left the scene at 4.05am on Tuesday. Inquiries into the cause of the fire are ongoing, but it is not believed to have been started deliberately.