Fire-hit firm says thanks for the support

Fire at the North Bay Pelagic factory in Peterhead
Fire at the North Bay Pelagic factory in Peterhead

The director of fire-ravaged Peterhead fish factory Northbay Pelagic has expressed thanks to the local community, the emergency services and other companies, in the wake of the fire.

In a letter to the Buchanie, Colin Anderson said everyone at Northbay Pelagic wanted to take the opportunity to thank a number of people who assisted the company during and since Saturday, January 17, when fire engulfed the processing facility at Kirk Square.

Firefighters battled for more than ten hours to contain the blaze, which destroyed the processing and packagin areas of the factory.

Mr Anderson said: “As everyone in Peterhead will no doubt be aware, the blaze broke out in the factory on the afternoon of that Saturday and within a few hours had taken hold across the main processing area and the administrative office block.

“Thankfully the facility was closed on that day and no-one was working so there were no injuries or casualties.

“A large part of the building has been completely destroyed but through the hard work and dedication of the emergency service, such as Police Scotland and Fire & Rescue Scotland, the fire did not destroy all of the facility.

“We would like to take this opportuntiy to acknowledge and record our appreciation of the hard work of the emergency services during that weekend.

“In addition we are very grateful to Aberdeenshire Council for all of their support and assistance since the incident.

“Our company has been inundated with offers of support from other companies in the area and this has been a huge help to us as we assess all of our options and again, we would like to record our appreciation of that,” he said.

“It would also be remiss of us not to thank the people of Peterhead who not only helped us on the day of the incident but have also been hugely supportive to us in the wake of the blaze.

“The directors and staff here at Northbay Pelagic have been overwhelmed by the support of so many organisations and people within the Peterhead community we want to thank everyone for that.”

Meanwhile, an investigation into the cause of the blaze, which is being jointly conducted by Police Scotland and Grampian Fire & Rescue Service, is still ongoing at the factory.