Investigations continue into scrapyard fire

Firefighters tackle the blaze at the EMR scrapyard. Pic by George McLuskie

Firefighters tackle the blaze at the EMR scrapyard. Pic by George McLuskie

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POLICE in Fife are appealing for witnesses following the outbreak of two major fires within hours of each other on Sunday night.

The first was reported at 8.00 p.m. at Rossend Castle in Burntisland.

A burned-out car is removed from the EMR scrapyard at Randolph Industrial Estate

A burned-out car is removed from the EMR scrapyard at Randolph Industrial Estate

Then shortly after midnight a second and more serious blaze occurred at the EMR scrapyard in the Randolph Industrial Estate at Kirkcaldy.

Now officers from the Fife Division of Police Scotland are asking the public for any information they may have about the fire.

The first blaze began in a large commercial storage building in the grounds of Rossend Castle which is used for storing tables.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crew from Burntisland arrived on the scene shortly after and were joined by other teams from Kirkcaldy, Lochgelly, and Dunfermline.

Firefighters donned breathing apparatus and tackled the blaze with two main water jets which broke through the roof causing it to collapse.

Station Manager Gary Kerr said “Extinguishing the fire was challenging due to difficult access to the building, poor water pressure and strong winds.

‘‘Concentrated efforts by firefighters led to the successful control of the fire, which at one point threatened Rossend Castle due to flying embers.”

There was little time for rest as a call was received following the sound of an explosion at the Randolph Estate. Appliances from seven different stations rushed to the scene and found almost 200 cars ablaze in the 
EMR scrapyard.

At its height the fire was being tackled by 80 firefighters using several high pressure main water jets and ground fire fighting monitors.

One firefighter was taken to hospital as a precautionary check after a car exploded, but after preliminary checks he was discharged from hospital.

A joint investigation into the cause of the fire between SFRS and Police Scotland.

Speaking at the scene area manager Iain Vincent SFRS area manager praised the crews for their hard work. “There was a danger of the fire reaching a storage container which had cylinders inside so we moved quickly to stop the fire spreading to that area,” he said.

“Many of the crews tackled both fires concurrently and have worked for 12 hours with no relief.

“They did a fantastic job and I would like to congratulate them.”