Berwickshire Fish n’ Chip shop nearly destroyed by fire

Posted 21/07/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.

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Revier’s Fish Bar in Duns, Berwickshire was nearly destroyed by a fire on Tuesday 19th July 2016, which resulted in many nearby buildings being evacuated and power cuts for some of the residents in the area. More than 20 firefighters from across the Scottish Borders and East Lothian attended the blaze on Black Bull Street. They were there for virtually 10 hours tackling the fire and dampening down hot spots once it had been extinguished.

A spokesman for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We received a call at 11:17am to a well-developed fire in the building. Appliances from Coldstream, Eyemouth and Kelso were on scene using high pressure hose-reels to put out the fire. Crews were on scene until 9:15pm dampening down hot spots. The appliance from Duns was used along with various other appliances from across the Borders and East Lothian throughout the day.”

Duns fire engine is located just yards away from the fish-and-chip shop which caught fire, however it didn’t attend due to there being no driver available within the crew. The Black Bull Hotel was evacuated away from the scene and both Black Bull Street and Newton Street in Duns were closed to the public for hours while fire crews dealt with the blaze. The fire blew a couple of Scottish Power fuse boxes, with the power company confirming that 35 properties in Duns had lost their electricity because of the incident.

Numerous hours after the fire, a spokesperson for Scottish Power said: “The fire brigade aren’t allowing use access to the fuse boxes until the fire is out, so there is very little we can do. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

All three Berwickshire fire stations – Duns, Coldstream and Eyemouth – are unmanned, and cover is provided by retained crews.

Appointing retained firefighters has been proving increasingly difficult in recent years, and in 2014 Berwickshire councillors were told that the Duns station had only half of the required number, with only six retained firefighters based there.