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'Domestic appliance' could be source of Kirkcudbright fire

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Early indications show that a 'domestic appliance' could be to blame for a major fire at a hotel in Kirkcudbright, according to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

More than 30 firefighters and five fire engines were deployed to the Gordon House hotel on Thursday evening, when a large fire broke out at the rear of the building.

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Residents in the hotel and surrounding properties were evacuated, but no injuries were sustained.

The fire took several hours to control, due to the difficulty of it's source at the rear of the hotel.

Joseph Hamill, Scottish Fire and Rescue Credit: ITV News Border

"The fire was out the back on a flat roof section of the building, which is an extension of this listed building. It broke through the roof quite quickly so it was important for crews to get there quickly. There was a danger to our crews of a possible collapse so we initially fought the fire from outside."

– Joseph Hamill, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
The surrounding street was cordoned off Credit: ITV News Border

A full investigation will now begin to determine what exactly caused the fire.

Police appeal for witnesses following Borders blaze

Fire crews at the scene of the Galashiels blaze Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for information following a fire in Galashiels.

Emergency services were called at around 5pm on Friday to tackle the blaze in the Old Gala Abattoir on Winston Road.

Fire crews and five engines were at the scene until late in the evening and police say the incident is being treated as suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101.

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Firefighters tackle Galashiels blaze

Fire crews at the scene of the blaze Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters are tackling a blaze Galashiels.

Emergency services were called to the old abattoir on Winston Road just after 5pm this evening.

Five fire engines and an ambulance are currently at the scene.

Firefighters tackle the fire Credit: ITV Border

Appeal after another deliberate fire in Dumfries and Galloway

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Police are appealing for witnesses after another fire was deliberately started in Dumfries and Galloway.

Sometime between 22 and 29 September a new flat-packed garden shed was set on fire and completely destroyed.

It happened at a storage site in the Maxwelltown Industrial Estate in Dumfries, and the shed was worth around £500.

This was a reckless act which could have had some serious implications if other items or property in the yard had caught fire. Those responsible have had to break into the yard in order to carry out this act.

We are appealing to anyone who may seen any suspicious activity in the Maxwelltown Industrial Estate area over the past week to call us here at Dumfries on 101."

– Constable Kevin Smith at Dumfries

It follows an appeal the police sent out yesterday, after two other fires in the region which are thought to have been started deliberately:

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Police appeal for Borders blaze witnesses

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a fire in the Scottish Borders.

An unoccupied caravan was set alight at the Highview Caravan Park in Coldingham near Eyemouth at around 11pm on Sunday 10 September.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and although nobody was injured it caused extensive damage.

The incident is now being treated as suspicious and police are appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

"Thankfully, no one was in the caravan when the fire took hold but there was significant damage.

"Following a full fire scene investigation carried out between Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire Service, we can confirm that this incident was the result of a deliberate act.

"I would urge anyone who was in the area of the Highview Caravan Park around the time of this incident and who noticed any unusual behaviour to contact police on 101 or, alternatively the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Constable Andy Hope, Police Scotland

Fire service battle silo blaze in Aspatria

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Credit: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Two fire engines are helping to battle a blaze in Aspatria, involving a silo filled with grain.

Around ten tonnes of grain have been removed from the silo, allowing firefighters to climb ladders to fight the fire using hose reel jets.

They were called to the scene, on the access road to Warwick Hall from the B5301 Aspatria to Yearngill, at around 12:30pm.

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