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Firefighters tackle blaze at island bird observatory

One fire engine was sent to the scene at Fair Isle Bird Observatory on Sunday morning.

Blaze: Smoke from the fire could be seen 30 miles away.
Blaze: Smoke from the fire could be seen 30 miles away. Rob Fray

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a bird observatory on Fair Isle, with smoke from the fire spotted 30 miles away.

One fire engine went to the scene after the alarm was raised at 11.45am on Sunday at Fair Isle Bird Observatory.

A second crew is being flown to the island by coastguard helicopter from Shetland, which lies to the north.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Smoke from the blaze was spotted 30 miles away in Sumburgh, Shetland. 

A fire service spokesman said: "The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 11.45am on Sunday to a report of a building fire on Fair Isle.

"Operations control mobilised one fire engine to the scene at Fair Isle Bird Observatory where crews are currently tackling the fire."

Fair Isle is around halfway between Shetland and Orkney and has a permanent population of about 60 people.

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