Anderson’s ablaze

Picture by JANE BARLOW. 9th August 2012. Fire at the Automated Sawdust Packaging Facility for Alexander Anderson in Bo'ness.
Picture by JANE BARLOW. 9th August 2012. Fire at the Automated Sawdust Packaging Facility for Alexander Anderson in Bo'ness.

A BLAZE at Andersons woodyard in Bo’ness burned through the night on Wednesday as firefighters from all over the region fought the flames.

Appliances from Bo’ness, Falkirk, Larbert and Linlithgow rushed to Grangepans Industrial Estate on Haney’s Way just 
after 10.30pm, to find a huge amount of compacted sawdust ablaze at the woodyard. At the height of the drama, 40 firefighters with six pumping appliances, one incident command unit, one bulk water carrying vehicle, and one aerial ladder platform were on site.

Eye-witness Jackie Mitchell called 999 after hearing bangs around 11pm.

She said: “I could see sparks, smoke and the glow of flames. The yard was well alight but thankfully the wind was taking the smoke towards the Forth not towards houses on Bridgeness Road.”

Colin Anderson of the undamaged Bo’ness Motor Museum next door said that more wind could have made the fire even more ferocious.

The road at Grangepans was closed on Thursday with diversions in place. The cause of the fire is unknown and an investigation will take place. As the Journal and Gazette went to press, firefighters were still at the scene using four ground monitors and one aerial ladder platform.