AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a fire broke out at Longannet Power Station earlier this week.

Fire crews raced to the site to tackle a blaze situated in the telecommunications room.

Eight appliances were dispatched at around 6.30am on Monday morning as the fire alarms were triggered.

A ScottishPower spokesperson said: “A small fire broke out this morning in the station’s telecommunications room, the fire brigade attended and the fire was contained quickly. 

“A full investigation will be carried out as to the cause.”
Firefighters dealt with the fire and left the scene during the afternoon.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 6.36am on Monday, October 29, to reports of smoke from Longannet Power Station.

"Operations Control mobilised a number of fire engines to Kincardine where firefighters extinguished a small fire in one of the rooms in the main building.

"There were no casualties. Crews left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe.”

Longannet closed in March 2016, resulting in the loss of around 370 jobs.

It is currently in the process of being decommissioned, with ScottishPower demolishing parts of the station.

The Advertiser reported recently that the site could be transformed into a train manufacturing plant after being shortlisted by Spanish company Talgo in plans worth £40million.

It is one of six UK locations earmarked to be the potential host for the creation of high-speed trains as part of a lucrative HS2 contract, which would create 1,000 jobs.