Buckie High Street brought to a standstill by shop blaze

High street was closed (pic: Mike O’Donnell)

Buckie High Street had to be closed to traffic after a fire broke out in a children’s wear shop on Tuesday morning.

The blaze on the ground floor of Toocute was reported shortly after 11am with crews from Buckie and Fochabers called to bring the fire under control.

Police were called to control traffic with a spokesman for Police Scotland saying: “Officers were asked to attend and to assist with traffic management just after 11am after fire broke out on retail premises.”

A spokesman for the fire and rescue service added: “There was a fire in a retail unit on the ground floor. Two appliances attended with breathing apparatus used along with a thermal imaging camera and one hose reel jet.”

Firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control in 30 minutes, however, thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to the shop’s stock and fittings, with the interior left blackened and wrecked.

Neighbouring shops were also affected with the Ashers Bakery forced to close for the day because of smoke damage. A joint police and fire is now under way to try and establish the cause of the fire.

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