Firefighters stopped a serious fire at a Broughty Ferry laundrette from spreading to neighbouring business premises in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager for Dundee, Martin Tait, said that the decisive action taken by firefighters prevented the “well-developed,” fire from spreading to first floor and adjacent premises.
Fire crews from Balmossie, Kingsway East and Blackness Road were called at 1.26am following reports of a fire in the ground floor shop area of the Gray Street laundrette.
Group Manager Tait said: “The crews did an excellent job to stop the fire spreading to other premises. Their specialist knowledge of fire behaviour enabled them to identify the potential signs and symptoms of a back draught situation.
“As a result they did not enter the premises immediately and fought the fire externally until they assessed it was safe to enter and put the fire out properly.”
He added: “Their actions ensured the fire was confined to the ground floor and didn’t get a chance to travel further and cause damage to other premises.”
There were no residential properties above or adjacent to the laundrette and therefore no evacuation was necessary. There was smoke and heat damage to other premises and crews used a specialist fan to ventilate all the premises.
Police Scotland was also in attendance and closed the road whilst crews were dealing with the fire. A fire investigation into the cause will take place today, although it is not believed to have been started deliberately.