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Blaze at Insh Marshes nature reserve destroys lookout tower

By Ali Morrison

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The fire at Insh Marshes is ongoing. Photo: Clare Mccusker
The fire at Insh Marshes is ongoing. Photo: Clare Mccusker

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews were called to attend fires at the RSPB Insh Marshes nature reserve in the early hours of this morning.

It is understood the service was alerted after a wooden lookout tower at the reserve had caught fire with smoke visible from outside the reserve. The fire reoccurred this morning causing further damage to the tower.

The blaze is ongoing with one appliance still in attendance.

Karen Birkby, Insh Marshes Reserve manager, commented on the incident: "We are devastated to have lost our lookout but no one was hurt and the quick response of the fire brigade meant that the fire didn’t spread into the nature reserve."

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We were alerted at 4.17am on Wednesday June 15 to reports of a fire within a wooden structure at Torcroy, Kingussie.

"Operations control immediately mobilised three fire appliances to the location and firefighters extinguished the fire and dampened down the area.

"However, at 9.45am this morning we were alerted that the fire had reignited at the same location. One appliance is currently in attendance and the crew will leave the scene once the area is made safe."

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