Hundreds witness harbour fire drama

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

Hundreds of folk headed to the harbour area of Peterhead on Thursday night as a dramatic blaze lit up the skies with a dark plume of smoke, visible for miles around.

Traffic came to a standstill at the Buchan port as locals headed to investigate the source.

The cause was eventually pinpointed to a number of polystyrene boxes which had caught fire at an industrial unit at Greenhill Road at around 6.30pm.

Two fire crews from Peterhead attended the scene and the fire was under control within half-an-hour.

The area around the blaze was closed and access to the Queenie side of the harbour was temporarily restricted while firefighters extinguished the fire.

The Queenie area of the harbour was packed with cars and bystanders as they watched the drama unfold with the plume of smoke visible from as far afield as Ellon - some 15 miles away.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said that the fire had been not as bad as it looked.

“We believe the fire was caused by polystyrene blocks going on fire. It seemed worse than it was.”