Fire in United Kingdom on December 23 2015 10:07 AM (UTC).
Scores of people were evacuated from their homes as a huge fire engulfed a garage run by Scotland's biggest car dealership. The blaze at Arnold Clark's service centre in Aberdeen's Girdleness Road raged for hours and destroyed most of the building. People living nearby had to be moved out of their homes amid fears the heat and flames would spark a blast because of the explosive chemicals stored on the premises. They were given refuge in a local community centre for several hours. One person was taken to hospital, while five others were treated at the scene. The fire also destroyed a number of cars which had been left at the building to be serviced and repaired. The total bill to repair all the damage is expected to run into tens of thousands of pounds. The blaze was discovered shortly after 5am yesterday. Police, the fire and rescue service and ambulances all went to the scene. Twelve fire brigade appliances - including a height vehicle, an incident support vehicle, a water carrier and command unit - from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire responded to the emergency.