Published: 24/04/2014 13:43 - Updated: 24/04/2014 16:27

Seven injured in Moray sawmill explosion

An ambulance approaches the entrance to the sawmill.
An ambulance approaches the entrance to the sawmill.

 

Seven people, including three part-time firefighters, have been injured in an explosion at a Moray industrial estate.

The incident began with a fire at around 8am today (Thursday) at James Jones and Sons’ timber division on the Greshop Industrial Estate in Forres.

There was a subsequent explosion at around 10.30am, which injured three firefighters and four members of staff.

The incident involved a silo bin, in which the company burns excess sawdust.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service had three fire engines -  two from Forres and one from Elgin - and 15 firefighters on the scene.

Emergency crews were still on scene this afternoon following the fire and explosion.
Emergency crews were still on scene this afternoon following the fire and explosion.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said firefighters in breathing apparatus used one hosereel jet and one main jet. While firefighters were removing the contents of the silo, he said, the explosion occurred.

Of the wounded, a 59-year-old man was flown by air ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries.

Two firefighters, both aged 47, were taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness with burns injuries. A third firefighter who received minor burns did not require further treatment.

A 20-year-old man was also taken to Raigmore for treatment.

Two men, aged 62 and 24, were taken to Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin with burns injuries.

Police Scotland attended the scene along with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Scottish Ambulance Service.

Police confirmed there will be a joint investigation involving themselves, SFRS and the Health and Safety Executive. However, police said it was too early to speculate on the cause.

The Health and Safety Executive is aware of the incident, and an inspector is on site working with the other agencies.

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