Five fire crews battled the raging blaze for hours at the net washing plant on the
island of Scalpay off Harris.
The alarm was raised at 5pm on Friday.
No-one was hurt in the incident as the 14 staff had just ended work for the week
and had left the premises.
Scorching heat extensively buckled and mangled the 3,106 m2 metal industrial building.
The local volunteer fire crew from Scalpay were still hosing down the fire today
said the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Fourteen people are employed at the factory one of its bosses told Hebrides News.
Workers usually knock-off at 4.30pm on a Friday so no-one was inside when the blaze
The factory is operated by Net Services Scotland which is ultimately owned by a Norwegian
The new washing facility opened in 2008. Previously, it was run a salmon processing
factory but 60 people lost their jobs when it closed in 2005 after operator, Stolt,
was taken over by a giant fish farming conglomerate created when Pan Fish merged
with the former Marine Harvest.
Scottish Fire & Rescue Service
A fierce fire which wrecked the £4.5 Scalpay factory is still burning today (Sun).