Evening Telegraph

‘The sky was red with flames’: several animals killed in major fire on edge of Dundee

Several sheep and horses were among the casualties of a major fire that tore through a farmhouse and stables near Dundee.

The blaze broke out shortly before 8pm yesterday in the grounds of Balmydown Farm, close to Strathmartine, to the north of the city.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent six engines to the scene.

Firefighters used three hose reel jets, breathing apparatus and ground heat monitors as they battled to bring the blaze under control.

Flames brought the roof of the structure down, trapping the sheep and horses inside. No people were injured in the blaze and the occupants of the farm were able to escape to a safe distance.

There’s now little left of the building, which has been reduced to a smoking shell, strewn with the remains of the collapsed roof.

A fire crew remained at the scene today, damping down mounds of hay and straw which were still smouldering 12 hours after the fire broke out.

The owners of the farm declined to comment when approached by the Tele, saying ongoing discussions with insurers prevented them from doing so.

However, it is understood that the same family have run the farm, which was once a derelict site, for the last 28 years.

Locals took to social media to describe seeing huge flames from several miles around and numerous fire engines at the scene.

One told the Tele: “The sky was red with flames.”

Some initially mistook it for being a fire at the former Strathmartine Hospital, which is nearby and has been a target for fireraisers and vandals.

However, the blaze was not connected to the derelict hospital and police confirmed it was not being treated as deliberate.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said: “We received a call shortly before 8pm to attend at a fire in a farmhouse outbuilding at Balmydown Farm.

“We dispatched six appliances to the scene and we still had an appliance there this morning to monitor for hot spots.

“Police Scotland were also in attendance.”

A police spokesman said: “We attended at a rural location at Balmydown Farm alongside the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service at 7.55pm last night.

“There were some issues with some animals in the outbuildings and stables who could not be retrieved.

“There appears to be no suspicious circumstances.”