Published: 28/01/2014 09:08 - Updated: 28/01/2014 10:09

Investigation launched into Elgin fire

AN INVESTIGATION is underway following a fire at a disused Moray visitor centre.

Fire crews were called to the Old Mill Visitor Centre in Elgin on Saturday (see video), the second incident at the same address within a week.

Emergency services were called at 10.45pm and the fire was brought under control just after midnight. Two appliances from Elgin were at the scene, along with one from Lossiemouth and a water carrier from Buckie.

Crews stayed at the site until 11.50am on Sunday carrying out damping down operations.

Incident commander, station manager Anna Rogers, said: "The building was well alight when we arrived and we used a combination of two ground monitors, two main jets and a hosereel to fight the fire. At one point we had to stop firefighting operations when we witnessed some arcing from external power cables due to the heat. "We contacted Scottish and Southern Energy and they shut off the power supply so that we could continue to fight the fire."

She added: "The fire is being treated as wilful and there is a joint investigation between ourselves and Police Scotland."

On Wednesday last week SFRS was called out to deal with a fire in the property’s loft space, which was successfully extinguished. See this week’s ‘Scot’ for pictures of the blaze.

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