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Major fire near to Boat of Garten steam railway station

By Gavin Musgrove

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Firefighters are currently tackling a major blaze near to Boat of Garten's steam railway station.

It is understood that the fire broke out at around 1.45pm in a nearby workshed and there are five fire appliances in attendance.

Neighbouring properties and the golf club have been evacuated.

The railway workshed on fire near to Boat of Garten station (Photo: Duncan Stewart)
The railway workshed on fire near to Boat of Garten station (Photo: Duncan Stewart)

One witness told the Strathy that this is because of fears that there could be an explosion.

At this stage there are no reports of any injuries.

Duncan Stewart was playing golf at Boat of Garten's famous course at the time the fire broke-out.

He said: "The golf course has been evacuated and there is a prodigious amount of smoke. Some people have been told to evacuate their properties and roads in the vicinity are also closed.

"The fire engines have been arriving. Firefighters decided that there was a risk of explosion and evacuated the immediate surrounding area."

It is understood that it is one of the big worksheds used by the Strathspey Railway Company that has caught fire. It is around 250 yards away from the main station building according to eye witnesses.

Mr Stewart said: "There are a lot of flames and an amazing amount of smoke."

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said there are fire crews from Carrbridge, Grantown, Kingussie and Tomintoul in attendance along with a water bowser called from headquarters in Inverness.

A SFRS spokeswoman said that they received the call out at 1.43pm and there were no reports of any casualties.

She was unable to comment on the risk of explosion at the site.

The Strathspey Railway Company runs locos between Aviemore and Broomhill via Boat of Garten.

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