Harbour blaze was wilful fireraising

Smoke from the fire could be seen from miles around.
Smoke from the fire could be seen from miles around.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a Peterhead business was attacked in an incident of wilful fireraising at the harbour yesterday evening.

Polystyrene blocks were set ablaze on the premises of Northern Oil around 5:45 pm, causing over £1,000 worth of damage.

Police Scotland are now appealing for witnesses who may have seen the perpetrators of the attack.

PC Craig Beedie, of the Buchan Community Policing Team, said: “This incident took place during the early evening when the area would have been busy and I urge anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any knowledge to come forward.”

Hundreds of people made there way down to the harbour to witness the dramatic blaze which could be seen for miles around.

It took four pumps to tackle the blaze which darkened the skies above as black smoke plumed into the air.

Reinforcement were brought in to try an bring the fire under control.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: “There were two pumps from Peterhead, one from Ellon and one from Maud.

“It took four main jets to tackle the fire.”

The fire was eventually extinguished at 6:28 pm after which the firefighters doused the storage yard on Greenhill Road with water, known as dampening time.