12 August 2014

Twenty-five residents were evacuated after fire broke out in a block of flats in Aberdeen city centre.

Firefighters were called to the building at 2.20am this morning (12 August).

Five appliances and a height vehicle attended the incident.

There were two casualties with minor injuries which were treated at the scene.

Police blocked the road briefly but the fire was under control by 3.30am.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman told the Evening Express, “There was a lot of smoke more than anything else. We used a hose reel jet and breathing apparatus.”

The cause of the fire has not been identified.

In a bid to remove potential fire hazards, commercial buildings and non-domestic premises in Scotland are already forced to carry out a fire safety risk assessment under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, in conjunction with the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the enforcing authority has the power to prosecute the Dutyholder.