Fire crews battle to save Fraserburgh fish factory

Firefighters at the former Jacks Factory in Fraserburgh.
Firefighters at the former Jacks Factory in Fraserburgh.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to attend a large fire at a fish factory in Fraserburgh on Thursday evening.

Control received the call to G & J Jack, Harbour Road at 6.45pm and four appliances were sent to the scene, two from Fraserburgh, one from Maud and another from Macduff.

The Incident Support Vehicle from Peterhead and the aerial rescue platform from Aberdeen were also sent to the incident.

The fire in the large, two-storey metal-clad building was well developed when crews arrived. Firefighters in breathing apparatus used three main jets to extinguish the fire. They then used a thermal imaging camera to check for hot spots.

Station manager Mike Cordiner was Incident Commander at the scene and he said: “When appliances first arrived they were faced with a developing fire with large quantities of thick black smoke issuing from the roof vents of the large two storey building.

“Externally crews has to contend with high winds and driving rain throughout the incident The initial firefighting efforts by teams using breathing apparatus and main jets, helped to prevent the fire spreading internally.”

He added: “The crews from Fraserburgh, Maud and Macduff should be very proud of the fact that they have saved the vast majority of the building, protecting the livelihoods and jobs of the people who work there.

“In the early stages I thought we were going to lose a large part of the building to the fire but with the correct risk control measures, teamwork and tactical plan in place, we were able to successfully turn things around.”

Throughout the incident, the aerial platform from Aberdeen’s Central fire station stood by in case the fire broke through the roof. SFRS crews were supported by Police Scotland, who set up an outer cordon and provided traffic control. Scottish Ambulance SORT team remained on scene to deal with any injuries sustained during firefighting operations. Thankfully their services were not called upon.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is currently looking for more ‘local heroes’ who can help protect communities like Fraserburgh from such incidents and is encouraging people to join the retained fire service. If you would like to know more visit www.myjobscotland.gov.uk