Bonfire Night 2013: Do's and Don'ts

With bonfire night finally here, ITV Border has put together some advice for those either planning a bonfire, or going to one, tonight.

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Emergency services deal with fire in Dumfries

Emergency services in Dumfries are currently dealing with a fire in Lochside.

The fire broke out in Alloway Road and as a result Dalswinton Avenue and Alloway Road are blocked so fire fighters can deal with the situation.

About 25 residents have been evacuated from the surrounding area.

There is currently no reported injuries

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Two people rescued from Whitehaven flat fire

Two people have been rescued from a flat fire in Whitehaven.

Fire engines from Whitehaven, Workington and Egremont were called to the blaze at Birley Court.

Firefighters used breathing apparatus to rescue the pair, who were trapped on the second floor of the building.

The two casualties were taken to hospital by ambulance and firefighters damped down the incident.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

Wildfire Warning from Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Natural Heritage is warning people visiting the countryside this weekend about the dangers of wildfires.

The hot dry weather means uncontrolled fire could spread quickly across agricultural land and wildlife habitats.

SNH is asking people to be careful with cigarettes and disposable barbecues if they are out enjoying the sunshine.

  • Whenever possible, use a stove rather than light an open fire. If you do light one, keep it small and under control, and remove all traces before leaving.
  • Avoid lighting fires at all during prolonged dry periods, woods, farmland, peaty ground or near to buildings as fires that get out of control.
  • When using a disposable barbeque, put it on a heat-proof surface, such as sand or stones before you light it. Make sure the barbeque is cold before you take it away with the rest of your rubbish.
  • Dispose of cigarette butts in bins.

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Seven fire brigades sent to recycling plant fire

Firefighters from across Dumfries and Galloway have been joined by colleagues from South Lanarkshire and Carlisle to battle a blaze at a recycling plant near Dumfries.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent more than 30 firefighters to the incident, which began shortly after 8am, with an additional Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service crew crossing the border to provide additional assistance.

"We received a number of 999 calls from the public reporting thick smoke emanating from the roof of an industrial building on Lockerbie Road.

“Operations Control mobilised two appliances from Dumfries and the crews arrived to find a well-developed fire had taken hold of property.

“Members of staff at the site reported there was no-one within the building and the incident commander ordered his firefighters to tackle the flames from outside using main water jets.

“In order to increase personnel and resources at the scene, crews from Dumfries, Annan, Lockerbie, Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright were dispatched along-with an aerial rescue pump from Hamilton in South Lanarkshire.

“Our colleagues in Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service also provided an appliance, crew and station manager from across the border in Carlisle and we would like to thank them for their assistance.

“The fire has now been surrounded and ground monitors are in place as crews continue operations, which are likely to be on-going for some time.”

– Spokesperson, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Huge fire at recycling plant in Dumfries

The fire began shortly before 8am Credit: ITV News Border

More than 30 firefighters have been tackling a huge blaze at a recycling plant in Dumfries.

The fire at Scotgen, based at Lockerbie road, began shortly before 8am when the rear left-hand-side of the building caught fire.

Firefighters used pump ladders to try and control the blaze Credit: ITV News Border

Eight fire engines were called to the scene along with police and a fire investigation crew on what is thought to be one of the hottest days of the year.

Firefighters have been using pump ladders to reach the top of the building to try and prevent the fire from spreading to the front of the building.

Police and fire officers at the scene Credit: ITV News Border

Inspector Claire Walker from Police Scotland said:

"There is no danger to the public at this time. The fire service is currently dealing with the blaze and it appears it is household waste which is burning. There's nothing to suggest that the fre is suspicious at this time."

Smoke could be seen from miles away Credit: ITV News Border

The billowing smoke could be seen for miles around Dumfries.

Smoke billowing from the plant Credit: ITV News Border
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