Investigation launched after ‘horror’ blaze rips through north-east warehouse

A probe has been launched after a “horror” fire ripped through an Aberdeen warehouse.

Police and fire officials were on the scene at Smiddybrae works after a substantial blaze took hold at the warehouse, which houses a number of businesses, near Kingswells.

Eyewitnesses described flames leaping as high as 30ft into the air.

The A944 was closed for almost eight hours while firefighters battled the blaze, which was reported at around 2.30pm on Saturday.

Eight appliances were on scene along with a height vehicle, with the fire under control by around 4pm.

A 200-metre cordon was also put in place to protect against possible explosions due to a number of gas canisters located within the property.

Police could be seen at the scene yesterday carrying out investigations.

A spokeswoman from SFRS said an investigation was under way between fire and police officials to determine the cause of the blaze.

She said: “Our officers, along with investigators from Police Scotland, were on scene from around 10.30am in an attempt to determine the cause of the fire.”

No one was injured.

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Ian McKay, 72, lives close to the garage and spoke of his shock.

He said: “I was playing cards with my son and he told me he could see some black smoke outside.

“It wasn’t unusual since we’re used to people building bonfires nearby.

“It was a horror scene.

“We heard a lot of explosions because of the gas canisters, but we were told we didn’t need to evacuate because of the direction the wind was blowing.

“We had never seen anything like it before. It was going like a fair.”

His wife Marlene added: “We are truly thankful we weren’t affected but one of the businesses are friends of ours and it was touch and go whether it would go as well.

“It is damaged and they are not sure as to the extent as it is unsafe.”

It also emerged £100,000 of classic cars, including a 1992 Dacia Duster which is one of only two in the UK, had been saved.

Daniel Johnston, who co-owns DJ Automotive Engineering with Cassie Smith, said: “Cassie went upstairs and opened a door to find smoke everywhere.

“I went into the kitchen to see if it had started in there but then I saw the smoke out the back window.

“It didn’t look that bad at first but then I looked up and saw the whole roof was on fire.”

The pair managed to move the cars along with four other staff as firefighters arrived.

Meanwhile, emergency services were also called to a house fire in Inverurie.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman confirmed crews were sent out to the blaze on Provost Circle just after 5.50pm yesterday with it out by 6.10pm.