Fire in former Selkirk mill began with loud bang

Fire crews were called to a fire in an unused mill in Selkirk on Saturday night, and spent the next 12 hours fighting the blaze.

By Kevin Janiak
Monday, 16th December 2019, 3:13 pm
Fire damaged building at Ettrickhaugh, Selkirk.
Fire damaged building at Ettrickhaugh, Selkirk.

Several Ettrickhaugh Road residents reported the blaze, saying they heard a loud bang.

The fire was in the former Philiphaugh Mill at the end of the road, and the first firefighters on the scene found the building ablaze.

Extra crews were summoned, from Dalkeith and Lauder, and at its height, 20 firefighters were tackling the flames.

Fire damaged building at Ettrickhaugh, Selkirk.

As is normal in buildings of that age, asbestos in the roof exacerbated the problems.

Once the fire was extinguished, the job of dampening down the hotspots began, and the last crew left the scene at 9.30am yesterday.

A spokesperson for the Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service told us: “We were called by a number of residents to an incident in an unused building in Ettrickhaugh Road, Selkirk, at around 9.24pm.

“On arrival, fire crews found the single-storey building, which was attached to other buildings, on fire.

Fire damaged building at Ettrickhaugh, Selkirk.

“Extra assistance was called for and at its height, there were 20 firefighters on the scene.

“They stayed overnight to dampen down hotspots, and handed the building back to its owner at 9.30am.”