Tayside and Central Scotland

Brechin abattoir hit by overnight fire

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Media captionFirefighters have been at the scene since the fire broke out

Firefighters have been tackling a large blaze at an abattoir in the Angus town of Brechin.

The emergency services were called to Matheson Jess abattoir on Montrose Road at about 04:05.

The premises has been extensively damaged but police said no one was injured in the fire.

They added that the fire was being treated as "unexplained" and an investigation was under way to establish the circumstances.

Det Insp Scott Fotheringham appealed for for information about the blaze.

He said: "This has been an extensive fire but thankfully, as the premises was shut, no one has been injured.

"Our inquiries will continue throughout the day and I would ask that if anyone has information about the incident, they call police with any details they have."