Blaze rips through Arnold Clark garage forcing evacuation of homes
Fire broke out at Aberdeen car garage on Tuesday and fire crews remained at the scene for morning.
A major blaze has ripped through an Arnold Clark garage forcing many nearby homes to be evacuated.
The fire broke out at the car garage in Aberdeen at around 5am on Tuesday and fire crews remained at the scene for much of the early part of the morning.
Local residents were evacuated from their homes due to the severe smoke as firefighters fought to extinguish the blaze.
No one is believed to have been injured and the residents have been moved to a local community centre for their safety.
A statement issued on Tuesday morning said: "Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Police were alerted to the fire at approximately 5am at a commercial premises in the city.
"No one has been injured as a result of the fire however as a precaution, a number of domestic properties situated on Girdleness Road, which are in close proximity to the incident, are currently being evacuated due to the severity of smoke and to ensure public safety.
"The local community centre on Balnagask Road has been opened as a rest centre for those being evacuated. "Girdleness Road is currently closed between Wellington Road and Old Church Road. Further updates will be communicated in due course. "
An SFRS spokesman said later on Tuesday afternoon: "Two fire appliances remain at the scene and are still carrying out damping down operations.
"Fire investigators are at the scene, but due to the unsafe nature of the building they are currently carrying out an external assessment and using the height vehicle to take aerial shots of the scene.
"There is no information at this time whether the fire was accidental or deliberate.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said that all residents evacuated from from Girdleness Road, Girdleness Terrace and Kirkhill Road had been allowed back home.