AT least 70 firefighters are tackling a large blaze at a scrapyard where hundreds of vehicles have gone up in flames.
One crew member was taken to hospital for a precautionary check when a car exploded near him at the yard on the Randolph Industrial Estate in Kirkcaldy, Fife.
Crews responded to a 999 call reporting an explosion on the estate just before 12.30am today.
The blaze was rapidly developing when firefighters arrived and a spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said an estimated 200 vehicles are alight.
“One firefighter was taken to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy for a precautionary check on his ears after a car near him exploded as he was fighting the fire,” she said. “He was not injured and was returned to the scene.”
The spokeswoman said between 70 and 80 firefighters are tackling the blaze, including a height appliance and an emergency support vehicle.
Meanwhile, the service tackled another large blaze which started in an outbuilding next to Rossend Castle in Burntisland, also in Fife, at around 8pm last night.
About 50 firefighters were called to the blaze, where the outbuilding’s roof had collapsed.