Asbestos warning after reported explosion in Scottish Borders

Scottish Borders Council have warned there is a risk of asbestos pollution following a fire that broke out after a fire on an industrial estate at Walkerburn in the Borders.

In a statement, they said, "the debris distributed in local area from incident may contain asbestos but it is believed the public risk is very low. Any residents who find debris is asked to leave in situ with specialist contractors on site today to commence clear up."

Emergency services attended after the alarm was raised at around 6.44am this morning.

Crews are still on the scene in Caberston Road.

Due to the threat of hazardous materials the road was closed along with the nearby A72.

The fire has now been extinguished.

We were alerted at 6.44am on Friday, January 10 to reports of a fire within an industrial unit in Walkerburn, Scottish Borders. Operations Control mobilised two fire appliances and two specialist resources due to potentially hazardous materials, and firefighters worked to extinguish the flames and make the area safe.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson
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Walkerburn Primary School is closed, according to Scottish Borders Council.