Walkerburn fire update

Published: Friday, 10th January 2020

At around 7am on Friday 10 January, we were notified by Police Scotland of a fire incident in Walkerburn, later declared a major incident.

What was the response?

  • As a result of advice received from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, we closed Walkerburn Primary School due to its proximity to the incident location, as well as the A72 road which has since reopened.
  • A number of households were evacuated as a precaution.
  • A total of 26 people were accommodated in a rest centre at the Village Hall and support was provided, before the residents were allowed to return home at lunchtime

Debris in surrounding area

Debris from the incident has been distributed into neighbouring residential areas in the vicinity of Caberston Road, which we believe includes roof tiles which may contain asbestos.

A risk assessment is being carried out, however we believe that the risk to the public is very low due to the type of material involved.

Whilst the responsibility for the clean-up will be the responsibility of the site owners, we and partners are working closely with them to ensure that all public safety matters are dealt with as a priority.

Any member of the public who finds debris within their property is asked to leave it in situ and contact our Environmental Health team via 0300 100 1800.

The aim is for specialist licensed contractors to be on site later today to commence clean-up operations. This may require access to some private property.

We continue to work with partners in relation to the incident.