Fire station damaged in major blaze

03 Dec 2012

A fire station in North Berwick has been seriously damaged after a major blaze ripped through the building, according to reports.

Around 40 firefighters were called to the scene on Station Road, North Berwick, after smoke was spotted billowing out of the building in the early hours of Monday December 3.

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said the part-time station and two fire engines housed inside it were badly damaged, although there were no reports of any injuries.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said fire crews requested back-up after initially arriving at the scene at 5.20am before a risk assessment was carried out to assess the threat to neighbouring properties.

"As smoke was blowing towards the sea it was deemed safest to leave residents in a nearby housing estate indoors and clear from the worst of the smoke and the cold weather," said the spokeswoman.

"Crews have been working very hard in difficult weather conditions to extinguish the blaze. Fire investigation is on the scene but it is too early to say what caused the fire."

A contingency plan has also been activated to "ensure there is adequate cover" in the North Berwick area.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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