A FIRE raged for over ten hours over the weekend at a fish processing factory in Peterhead.
The emergency services were called to the building, in Charlotte Street, which was occupied by seafood processor North Bay Pelagic, at around 3pm on Saturday afternoon.
Local residents were evacuated as around 10 crews struggled to control the blaze, and explosions were heard from inside the building.
A spokesman said: ‘At 14.58pm we were notified by Fire and Rescue of an ongoing large fire at an industrial premises on Charlotte Street.’
The fire was eventually brought under control at 1am on Sunday morning. No-one was believed to be inside the factory at the time.
Northbay Pelagic emplys around 300 people in Peterhead. An investigation into the cause of the blaze is underway.
Commenting on the fire at Northbay Pelagic, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: ‘Northbay Pelagic is one of the largest fish factories in Scotland and a major employer in Peterhead.
‘As we start the new mackerel season the Scottish Government stands ready assist in the aftermath of this fire in any way we can.
‘We are asking public agencies to work with the local authority and the business to see what support can be offered as a matter of urgency.’