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Officers investigate 'suspicious' fire in Dumfries

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Officers in Dumfries are investigating what they say appears to be a suspicious fire in Dalswinton Avenue.

The fire was discovered at the rear of an unoccupied house just after midnight on Wednesday 7th December.

Police believe a sofa and some rubbish were set alight.

The fire was extinguished, but caused some damage to a window.

"This appears to have been a complete act of recklessness and the consequences could have been tragic if the fire had taken hold. We are not sure at this stage if those responsible knew that the house was unoccupied at the time the fire was set.

"We want to hear from anyone who may have any information which might help us catch those responsible for this stupid and dangerous act."

– Constable Richard Davidson, Police Scotland

Crews tackle large farm fire in Ancrum, Scottish Borders

Fire crews have been tackling a large farm fire through the night in the Scottish Borders.

Emergency services were called to West Mains Farm in Ancrum near Jedburgh at half past eight on Wednesday evening.

Several farm buildings were alight covering an area of 50 metres by 50 metres. The buildings contained farm machinery and bales of hay.

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The presence of acetylene cylinders as well as large quantities of fertiliser and diesel saw specialist vehicles and officers sent to deal with incidents involving potentially hazardous materials.

At the height of the incident seven fire engines were on scene along with specialist SFRS command and environmental protection units.

While working to bring the flames under control firefighters also used high pressure jets to cool the diesel stores and acetylene cylinders, with a thermal imaging camera used to monitor the items’ temperature.

A scientific adviser provided specialist guidance regarding the effect of heat on the fertiliser and firefighters requested engineers isolate power to nearby high voltage cables.

Nobody is thought to be injured.


Lorry carrying wind turbine blade catches fire

Burnt out lorry Credit: Newton Stewart Flooding and Helping page

A lorry carrying a wind turbine blade caught fire closing one of the main roads in southern Scotland.

Emergency services were called to the incident on the A714 near Bargrennan around 10 miles from Newton Stewart shortly before 6am this morning.

The lorry driver escaped injury and fire crews from Newton Stewart extinguished the blaze.

The cab of the vehicle was completely destroyed.

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Houses catch fire after lightning strikes

Two houses caught fire after lightning strikes. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has been called to two house fires caused by lightning strikes.

One house caught fire in Penruddock during the morning's storms, and another in Dalston at around 8am.

The fire service say that the fires were put out quickly, but have damaged both buildings considerably.

Two vehicles destroyed in Carlisle fire

Two vehicles have been destroyed by a fire in Carlisle.

Firefighters were called to the junction of Tyne Street and London Road at around 1.30am on Monday.

The two vehicles were destroyed in the fire Credit: ITV Border

One transit van and a private car were on fire, and the flames the spread to the adjacent building.

Firefighters entered the building and managed to extinguish the fire witht wo hose reels.

One of the burnt out vehicles Credit: ITV Border
The destroyed interior Credit: ITV Border


'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.

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