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Fire damages Shetland's Fair Isle Bird Observatory roof

Fire damages Shetland's Fair Isle Bird Observatory roof

Fair Isle Bird Observatory (pictured in the background) records migration patterns
A fire has badly damaged the famous bird observatory on Fair Isle in Shetland.Firefighters were called to the Fair Isle Bird Observatory, which is located on the north east of the island, at about 11:20 on Sunday.Extra firefighters were flown in from Sumburgh to tackle the flames after one local truck was sent to the scene.It is understood the roof of the lodge has been completely destroyed.A family including two children who live in the flat adjoining the lodge were unhurt. There are no guests staying at the lodge for the winter season.
One local told BBC Scotland the Fair Isle boat crew spotted smoke while out on the water just after leaving the harbour, and turned back and raise the alarm.The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said an additional two crews from Lerwick and one from Sandwick were flown in to join the operation.A spokesman said the incident was ongoing.The observatory is a popular tourist spot for bird watching and for scientific research into seabirds and bird migration.
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