Fire crews tackle dangerous blaze at Keith garage

Firefighters from around Moray were called to a serious blaze at a garage in Keith on Tuesday.

The blaze broke out at around 9am at the DC George garage in the town causing the closure of the busy A96 at Regent Street.

Appliances were called from Rothes, Fochabers, Huntly and Dufftown with further backup crews called in from Aberdeen and Buckie.

Nobody was hurt in the blaze but police assisted in maintaining a cordon around the scene with gas canisters thought to have been stored on the site.

On the scene was Station Manager Shaun Burns, who said: “Our crews did an excellent job and put in a huge amount of effort to bring this fire under control.

“When we arrived and realised there were acetylene cylinders involved we had to tailor our response appropriately. We used ground monitors and this allowed us to have jets in place and keep firefighters at a safe distance to maximise safety.

“We also used two main jets to fight the fire at the front and rear of the garage.”

Mr Burns added that it became apparent to his crews that there was an oil tank to the rear of the property. He said: “We had to use a cover jet to protect that from the fire.

“The garage itself was standalone and therefore there was no risk to other properties in the area.”

The blaze was brought under control with fire crews remaining on the scene throughout the day to continue a damping down operation.

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