17 January 2015
Last updated at 19:18
Firefighters have been tackling a major blaze at a fish factory in Peterhead.
Crews were called to the Northbay Pelagic premises in Kirk Square at about 14:43.
Nearby flats were being evacuated in case the fire spread. No-one was believed to have been in the factory at the time.
Several hours after the blaze broke out huge flames were still engulfing the building.
Earlier clouds of smoke could be seen billowing across the harbour area and there were reports of loud bangs from inside the building.
One eyewitness described it as looking like a “volcano” erupting.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it had sent six appliances to the scene.
Clouds of smoke from the fire could be seen across the town
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Local road closures are in place in Charlotte Street, and St Peter’s Street, Peterhead.
“Evacuation of nearby flats is under way as a precaution in case the fire spreads.
“Members of the public are requested to stay away from the area at this time in order to allow emergency services to focus on managing this incident.”
The building involved was formerly the Fresh Catch fish factory. The firm was taken over in a “joint venture” by new company Northbay Pelagic Ltd in 2013.
The smoke clouds were visible from Peterhead FC’s Balmoor Stadium. The club were playing Stirling Albion at home on Saturday afternoon.