Fire rips through Oban business

Firefighters in a cherry picker get to work with the gas canisters clearly in shot

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Fire ripped through an industrial unit in Oban this lunchtime.

The front of the Build Base building next to Aldi on Lynn Road has been badly damaged, with a window also missing.

A charred set of extensively burned pallets had to be moved away from the face of the unit.

Several Calor gas canisters in a cage could also be seen but it is not clear at this stage whether they contained anything.

The fire service in attendance this afternoon. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn

The Oban watch commander referred inquiries to the press office of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

A spokesperson said: ‘We were alerted at 11.09am to reports of a fire at business premises. Operations Control mobilised two appliances and a height vehicle to the scene where crews are currently working to extinguish a fire outside the single-storey building.’

Three fire appliances and a fire jeep were in attendance from around midday with water supplies tapped.

A pair of firefighters were hoisted on a cherry picker to hose down the charred face of the building, with a burning smell clearly present.

Build Base provides supplies for the building and timber trade and the public.

It had reopened under social distancing measures.

A firefighter masks up with the burned pallets clearly on show. Photograph: Ellis Butcher
A cherry picker. Photograph: Ellis Butcher