Repairs begin on Iceland following December blaze

REPAIRS: Contractors get to work fixing the sign above Iceland on Broad Street following a blaze that left the store front badly damaged in December.
REPAIRS: Contractors get to work fixing the sign above Iceland on Broad Street following a blaze that left the store front badly damaged in December.

AFTER fire had devasted a home on Watermill Road leaving two people injured, fire fighters were called out to tackle a second blaze on Fraserburgh’s Broad Street last month after the store front sign of Iceland had caught fire.

The first blaze took place in the early hours of Saturday, December 17, during a party at a property on Watermill Road.

Party-goers had to jump to safety from the first floor windows of the house, and it is alleged that one person broke their ankle while another had to be cut from broken glass.

It is believed that thick smoke coming up the stairs had prevented people on the first floor from using the front door to escape.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 2:20am where fire fighters tackled the burning property.

Meanwhile, neighbouring properties were also evacuated after fears the fire would spread.

A spokesperson for Grampian Police said: “During the early hours of Saturday, December 17, Grampian Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue and Scottish Ambulance Service attended a report of a house fire on Watermill Road, Fraserburgh.

“Considerable damage was caused to the property and two persons were taken to hospital for further examination although their injuries are not life threatening.

“At present the source of the fire has not been established and it is being treated as unexplained.

“A joint fire and police investigation into the cause has been launched.”

As the news spread across the town on Saturday afternoon, shoppers at Broad Street’s Iceland supermarket found themselves caught up in a fire drama of their own.

Staff and customers at the store were forced to evacuate after the sign above the entrance to the shop burst into flames.

Shoppers and staff were forced to wait outside for more than an hour while fire fighters battled the blaze, to prevent further damage to the store.

The emergency services were contacted at 4pm and the fire was under control at around 4.15pm in the incident which left no one injured.

An Iceland spokesperson said: “The fire was caused by an electrical fault.

“The sign will be replaced by our maintenance contractors as soon as possible.”

The scars of the two blazes were evident for the community to see into the new year, but on Monday, January 9, contractors began work to repair the damage caused to Iceland.