All clear on Covesea fire as roads and businesses reopen

At its height the blaze threatened the Aroma Cafe and Silver Sands Caravan park.

THE BLAZE THAT threatened a café and caravan park at Covesea near Lossiemouth today has been brought under control.

Silver Sands park residents and staff at the Aroma Café have been allowed to return while all roads are now reopened.

The blaze at its height around lunchtime today saw ten fire crews fighting to bring it under control – they had the good fortune of a heavy rain shower assisting them early in the afternoon. However, crews will remain on site as an added precaution against the gorse fire reigniting.

Moray Council created a rest centre at Lossiemouth High School for those evacuated during the blaze, and that will remain operational until all caravan park residents are content to return to their homes – Taxis have been provided by the local authority to ferry them home.

Moray Council’s director of education and social work, Laurence Findlay, was the Emergency Duty Officer for this incident. He praised the rapid response of all agencies.

He said: “Thanks to the speedy response by Fire and Rescue teams – including tenders from nearby Gordonstoun School – there was no property damage and no injuries.

“Our response plans are well-rehearsed and provided all that was needed to ensure comfort and safety to residents, and to provide support to the blue-light services for road closures, etc.”