Homes evacuated after major blaze at car dealership

Around 80 people were evacuated from their homes after a major blaze at a car dealership in Aberdeen.

The fire at the Arnold Clark centre started around 5am yesterday morning (Tuesday 22 December) and due to the thick smoke, local people were removed from their homes to a community centre. There were no injuries reported.

The group said there had been “serious damage” caused by the fire. Whatever the size of your business, make sure you have the right level of motor trade insurance to cover potential issues such as fire and any damage to your and customers’ property.

Arnold Clark said that any customer vehicles damaged in the fire would be replaced by courtesy vehicles.

A spokeswoman told the Aberdeen Press & Journal: “It is our absolute priority to help all customers who had cars on site to be mobile again by offering a replacement courtesy car on a like-for-like basis where possible.

“We understand this is a hectic time of year and we are doing all we can to minimise the inconvenience to those affected. We are working to reduce any disruption to the local community.”

The company was contacting customers who have been affected by the blaze. Appointments at the centre are also being transferred to other dealerships in the group.

The cause of the fire and the exact extent of the damage has not yet been established. Around 30 firefighters were called out to the blaze on Girdleness Road.

Due to the extent of the smoke, residents living around the dealership were taken to Balnagask community centre while the fire was brought under control and the smoke cleared. Affected people have now all been able to return to their homes.

Arnold Clark said that an investigation was taking place and it would provide updates when it had more information.