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Demolition of fire-hit Bankhead Academy in Aberdeen begins

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Media captionFirefighters tackled the blaze at disused Bankhead Academy in Aberdeen

Work to demolish a former secondary school in Aberdeen has begun after a major fire.

The fire at the disused Bankhead Academy happened in June, and the building was left unsafe.

Aberdeen City Council said the demolition work was expected to last for 17 weeks. The granite from the buildings will be set aside for re-use.

Readers of the BBC Scotland news website sent dramatic footage and photos of the blaze at the time.

Eight fire appliances tackled the incident and smoke drifted across the nearby A96 trunk road, affecting rush hour traffic.

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