Video: 20 firefighters battle blaze at North-east home

Fire crews today spent more than two hours battling a blaze in a house roof in the North-east.

Four appliances were sent to the scene on Oak Tree Avenue in Banchory shortly after 7.30am today.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said 20 firefighters were sent to the blaze.

Firefighters at the scene of the blaze.

The crews were joined by an incident support vehicle from Dyce.

A thermal imaging camera was used by SFRS as well as breathing apparatus for the firefighters and two hose reel jets.

No one was rescued from the property and no one was injured as a result of the blaze.

Firefighters were still on site cutting away damage to the property.

The spokeswoman said: “We were called to a property in Banchory after receiving the call at 7.35am this morning.”

She added that four appliance were sent to the scene – two from Banchory, one from Aboyne and another from North Anderson Drive.

© Lucas Dyrda
Reader Lucas Dyrda took this picture of smoke billowing from the roof.

Crews used two hose reel jets, four breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera to assist them in their efforts. The spokeswoman added there were “no injuries and no one was evacuated from the two-storey property”.

Extra breathing apparatus cylinders were sent to the scene of the blaze through the incident support vehicle.

The spokeswoman for SFRS added: “Breathing apparatus cylinders can deplete quite quickly so, to make sure we had enough, extra cylinders were sent via the incident support vehicle from Dyce.

“The fire was extinguished and our crews are stripping away damage, it looks like the whole property has been damaged.”

Andrew Dyrda, who lives close to the property, noticed the fire in his neighbour’s home this morning.

The 56-year-old said: “We knew about the fire just before 8am.

“A guy went in with an axe and they had breathing apparatus.

“The whole attic was full of smoke.”