Fire crews tackle blaze at Hunterston coal port

Scottish Fire and Rescue said the blaze was in a ship loader and conveyor system used for loading coal from the terminal. Picture: TSPL
Scottish Fire and Rescue said the blaze was in a ship loader and conveyor system used for loading coal from the terminal. Picture: TSPL
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FIRE crews are tackling a large blaze at the Hunterston coal port in North Ayrshire.

Scottish Fire and Rescue said the blaze was in a ship loader and conveyor system used for loading coal from the terminal.

Thick black smoke was seen billowing out of a “well-developed fire” at the deep water facility from about 9.45am this morning.

Firefighters said the fire has been contained and that were no injuries.

At one point firefighters had to be withdrawn to a safe distance due to the partial collapse of a section of the machinery.

The blaze was tackled by a firefighting tug, a high-reach appliance and ground monitors.

The facility, operated by Clydeport, can handle thousands of tonnes of coal an hour.

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