Ancrum farm buildings hit by fire

The fire at West Mains Farm, Ancrum.
The fire at West Mains Farm, Ancrum.

Dozens of firefighters were called out to tackle a blaze at a farm in the Borders last night, September 7.

Crews worked through the night using high-pressure jets to douse flames as they ripped through large buildings at West Mains Farm, near Ancrum.

It took 40 firefighters to bring the blaze under control.

It took 40 firefighters to bring the blaze under control.

Agricultural machinery and hay bails in the buildings were destroyed, but no one is reported to have been injured by the blaze.

The fire began around 8.30pm Wednesday last night, and three Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews were there still there 12 hours later to make sure it was thoroughly extinguished.

The presence of acetylene cylinders and large quantities of fertiliser and diesel led to specialist vehicles and officers being deployed to deal with potentially hazardous materials.

At the height of the blaze, seven fire engines were on the scene, along with specialist command and environmental protection units.

While bringing the flames under control, the 40 firefighters attending also used hoses to cool the diesel stores and acetylene cylinders, using a thermal imaging camera to monitor the items’ temperature.

Engineers were also employed to isolate power to nearby high-voltage cables.

Specialist officers from the brigade’s fire investigation unit are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the outbreak of the blaze.