Major fire destroys Lethenty Mill

Dousing the fire at Lethenty Mill
Dousing the fire at Lethenty Mill

Over 50 firefighters and seven fire engines tackled a major blaze at a commercial property near Inverurie yesterday.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received an emergency call at 4.40am regarding a fire at the Lethenty Mill, located on the outskirts of the town.

Three separate buildings were involved including a sawmill, a photography studio and a repair workshop.

Fire crews from Inverurie, Oldmeldrum, Kintore, Aberdeen and Insch attended the incident using five high-pressure jet hoses and two aerial rescue pumps.

An incident command unit, welfare vehicle, high reach appliance and an incident support vehicle was also in attendance.

Police Scotland and Scottish Ambulance Service crews were at the scene but luckily all persons were accounted for quickly and no injuries were reported.

As the fire was progressively extinguished operations were scaled down throughout the evening, with a single SFRS crew remaining at the scene until shortly before 2am on Friday morning to maintain a watching brief and dampen down.

Officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit are now in attendance and will work to establish the circumstances surrounding the fire.

Alex Salmond MP has praised the fire service for their hard work in tackling the blaze.

He said: “I am relieved to hear that there are no casualties.

“My thanks go to the 50 firefighters who have been working tirelessly throughout the night and today at Lethenty Mill to control the blaze.

“I am very familiar with the Mill and the businesses there as I recently produced an audio book in the recording studio.

“It is a great loss to the local community and I hope it can be restored and businesses returned.”