Four fire engines fight Strachan blaze

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Firefighters have praised the daughter of a Deeside family who quickly raised the alarm after fire broke out in their home.

Four fire appliances and around 30 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze last Friday afternoon.

The building, off the B976 Banchory to Ballater road, near Strachan, caught fire at around 4pm.

Firefighters said the daughter was the one who raised the alarm to what was described as a “severe, well developed fire.’’

Nobody was hurt in the drama, although the family could be seen watching helplessly as firefighters worked to save their home.

The appliances, two from Banchory and one each from Aboyne and Stonehaven, managed to bring the blaze under control.

A fire and rescue spokesman said: “It was a dwelling fire, and we had four fire engines there plus a water carrier, incident support vehicles and an incident command unit.”

The road was closed from the Feughside Inn to the Strachan junction.

Police were also called to the scene.

A police spokeswoman said: “There was a road closure put in place at the Feughside Inn. It was a property at Castlehill.

“The council put in place road diversions and we were called at 4.25pm.”

Aberdeen station manager Gordon Riddell said: “The house is extensively fire and heat damaged, but thankfully there was working smoke detection.”