South Scotland

Firefighters battle farm blaze near Ancrum

About 40 firefighters have battled a blaze overnight at buildings on a farm in the Scottish Borders.

They were called out to the site near Ancrum at about 20:30 on Wednesday.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said crews had arrived to find an "intense fire" involving machinery and hay bales.

Specialist officers were sent to the scene due to the presence of acetylene cylinders. There were no reports of any casualties.

At the height of the incident, seven fire engines were on the scene along with specialist SFRS command and environmental protection units.

Specialist guidance

Firefighters used high-pressure jets to cool diesel stores and acetylene cylinders with a thermal imaging camera used to monitor their temperature.

A scientific adviser provided specialist guidance regarding the effect of heat on fertiliser stored in the area and firefighters asked engineers to isolate power to nearby high-voltage cables.

After bringing the flames under control, firefighters remained at the scene to conduct dampening down operations.

Three crews were still in attendance at 08:30 on Thursday.

Specialist officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit will examine the scene to try to establish the cause of the incident.

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