Huge fire at Cupar mill

Fire at Damside Mill near Cupar (July 15).
Fire at Damside Mill near Cupar (July 15).
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FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a huge blaze amid dramatic scenes at Damside Mill near Cupar.

The fire broke out this morning (Friday, July 15) at the ABN animal feed plant to the south west of the town.

Fire at Damside Mill near Cupar (July 15).

Fire at Damside Mill near Cupar (July 15).

Since then there have been a number of explosions involving chemical cylinders, sending thick plumes of black smoke hundreds of feet into the air.

People living in the area are being advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

Nobody was hurt in the fire and all staff at the mill have been accounted for.

Speaking at the scene at around 1pm, incident commander Dave Latto of Fife Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were mobilised to a fire at the mill after receiving several calls.

Fire at Damside Mill near Cupar (July 15).

Fire at Damside Mill near Cupar (July 15).

“We sent four appliances initially and the fire was in a section of the building at the back — it was well alight at that time.

“That building also included various chemicals so we had to try to identify them and the hazards they would pose to the firefighters and the public.”

Eight fire appliances, four special appliances and a control unit were eventually called to the scene, along with a decontamination unit given the chemicals involved and the possibility of asbestos.

Mr Latto went on: “Ten thousand litres of fuel oil became involved in the fire, causing an explosion.

“An acetylene cylinder used for welding also has the potential to cause an explosion.

“Part of the building’s roof has collapsed and is showing further signs of collapse.

“We’re trying to stop the fire spreading.”

An official from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency was quickly on the scene and has been asked to monitor the air quality on site.

The cause of the fire has yet to be established.