Probe after depot drama

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A health and safety investigation has started after risk of an explosion at Oban’s £1.4m council depot.

Emergency services were called to the council yard at Millpark on Wednesday November 17 and set up a 200m exclusion zone after fears that flames coming from an oxycetelene cyclinder could blow a shed roof off.

Homes were evacuated until the area was made safe. Two appliances from Oban Fire Station were at the scene.

Argyll and Bute Council described it as a ‘minor incident’.

The council spokesperson said: ‘The fire service attended as a precaution and remained on site to cool down gas bottles with water. Thankfully, no-one was injured and there is no damage to the building. As is standard in incidents like this, we will now carry out a health and safety investigation.’

Last week’s incident happened almost five years to the day that the old council depot site was destroyed by fire on November 11 2016.

A date is still awaited for the official opening of the new council yard at Millpark, the council spokesperson added.