A SAVAGE fire ripped through buildings at a farm near Fettercairn last Wednesday, causing an estimated six-figure sum in damages.
Potential hazardous chemicals at Coldstream Farm posed an additional threat to the farm and to firefighters tackling the blaze.
A specialist hazardous materials officer was brought on-site to offer advice.
A total of 35 firefighters from both Grampian and Tayside fire and rescue tackled the blaze and remained on-site for a full 24 hours.
Farmer Jim Cargill was not on the farm when the blaze broke out at 9.40 am and he was called by his son Tom.
Mr Cargill had been preparing for the opening of a new multi-million pound farmer-owned grain storage facility at Montrose port in his capacity as chairman of Angus Cereals.
He had to rush away from the proceedings when the call came through from his son.
Two substantial outbuildings which were used to store wooden potato boxes and a stack of daffodil bulbs were left melted and twisted after temperatures of over 600 degrees centigrade weakened a steel frame in one building, causing it to collapse and destroyed another stone outbuilding.
Station Manager Mike Cordiner of Grampian Fire and Rescue said the excessive heat had presented “ardous conditions” for the crews.
He said the drying process for the daffodil bulbs had helped the fire to spread.
As well as the destruction of the outbuildings, Mr Cargill lost potato grading equipment, two forklifts, the potato boxes and a couple of hundred wooden boxes of bulbs.
The farm is a month away from lifting its potato crop and will have to find alternative storage and a supply of potato boxes.
The Fire Service said there was no early indication as to the cause of the blaze.