Fire services launch probe after battling blaze at North-east house for more than eight hours

Investigations into the cause of a house fire are now under way.

Crews from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were called to the property on Oak Tree Avenue, in Banchory, staying there for more than eight hours.

As reported in later editions of yesterday’s Evening Express, 20 firefighters attended at the scene.

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

No one was injured in the fire, which began just after 7.30am yesterday in a two-storey property.

Station Manager at Portlethen Gary McArthur confirmed there was an investigation ongoing into the source of the fire, which was extinguished in just under three hours.

He said: “There’s been a fire within this estate.

It was a well-developed fire within one of the detached developments.”

He added as it was a timber-framed building, the crews expected to be at the scene for some time.

Mr McArthur said: “Nobody was hurt, as there was no one in the house at the time. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.”

Four appliances were sent to the home by the fire service – two from Banchory, one from Aboyne and another from North Anderson Drive.

An incident support vehicle from Dyce was also sent to the scene.

Crews used a thermal imaging camera, breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets to battle the blaze, which had to be treated carefully due to the timber.

Firefighters were still on the scene until just after 4pm.

Wood had to be cut away for the property to be made safe to return to.

A SFRS spokeswoman said: “The last appliance left at 4.04pm.

“Firefighters were still on scene using small tools for cutting away.

“They were looking at affected timber damaged by the fire.

“They were also using salvage sheets, which are big plastic sheets, to secure the exposed roof left from the fire. We are now away from the fire and the house has been handed back to the occupier.”

A Police Scotland spokesman confirmed that officers attended the incident.

He said: “We did attend the scene, there was a report of smoke coming from a roof.

“We were just there to assist the fire service.”