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Fire crews tackle bowling alley blaze in Macduff

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About 60 firefighters - some from as far afield as Aberdeen - have tackled a major blaze at a bowling alley in Macduff in Aberdeenshire.

Nine pumps were sent to Harley's in Old Gamrie Road as the fire took hold shortly after 21:00 on Sunday.

It took three hours to bring the blaze under control. No-one was in the building at the time.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. A joint investigation between the police and fire service is under way.

'Worked hard'

Pumps from Macduff and Banff initially attended the scene, before support came from Aberchirder, Portsoy, Turriff, Fraserburgh, Cullen, and specialist vehicles from Aberdeen, Peterhead and Huntly.

The fire was brought under control just before 00:00, and crews remained at the scene throughout the night.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service group manager David Meldrum, who was at the scene, said: "The crews worked very hard and dealt with the fire quickly and effectively.

"Their actions managed to prevent substantial damage to the building and they were able to contain the fire to the roof space. Thankfully no-one was inside the premises at the time."

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