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Firefighters tackle sawmill blaze

fire at the sawmill
About 40 firefighters dealt with the blaze. Pic courtesy of Charlie Simpson

Firefighters have been tackling a large blaze at a sawmill in Central Scotland.

Emergency services were called to the Alexander Anderson plant in Bo'ness at about 0300 BST after a trailer and wooden pallets caught fire.

About 40 firefighters have been dealing with the blaze at the Grangepans industrial estate.

The police and fire service are carrying out a joint investigation into the blaze and have said it is too early to know if it was started deliberately.

The fire was brought under control at about 0715 BST, but was not completely extinguished and firefighters remained on scene.


Charlie Simpson's footage of the blaze

Central Scotland Police said minor roads in the area had to be closed to allow the large number of emergency service vehicles to pass through.

The plant is believed to have been empty at the time of the blaze.

Specialist vehicles and equipment were used to fight the fire, including an aerial ladder.

Firefighters initially had some difficulty dealing with the blaze because of the poor water pressure in the area.

However, at about 0600 BST, Scottish Water increased the pressure in the area to allow the fire to be tackled more effectively.

Firefighters also used water from the river Forth, which is beside the sawmill.

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