Peterhead boat builders hit by fire
Boat builders Anderson Marine went up in flames on Thursday evening.
Peterhead residents were warned to stay indoors on Thursday evening after a large fire broke out at a boat builders in the town.
Firefighters were called at around 6.15pm to the Anderson Marine site in the Kirk Square area of Peterhead. There were no reports of any injuries or anyone trapped.
Witnesses report plumes of black smoke and airbourne debris in the area.
An eyewitness at the scene of the fire told STV News: "We have heard a couple of explosions, possibly from gas bottles, within the last hour.
"It seems to be calming down now but it started at around 6pm. There are still plenty of fire engines around - about ten in total and at least three ambulances are there."
While the fire was at its peak Grampian Fire and Rescue asked locals to stay indoors, close their windows and stay away from the area.
The blaze was put out by 9.20pm, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service said.
Aberdeen Coastguard said five youths were also brought to the shore after they were spotted in three dinghies in Aberdeen harbour.
A spokesman said: "It seems to be their intention was to get a closer look at the fire. They went out without lifejackets.
"We were contacted by a member of the public who was worried about them. They were yards from the shore but they were brought to land by the RNLI Peterhead boat for their own safety."
Fire investigators have carried out a preliminary inspection of the charred remains of the building, which is beside Fresh Catch, one of Scotland's largest fish processing operations.
It is understood the boatbuilder, which makes Cygnus and Kingfisher glass fibre hulls for fishing craft, lost two vessels which were close to completion.