Residents in Rosehaugh Road, South Kessock, have been advised that their homes can safely be re-occupied following a fire at M & H Carriers, Carsegate Road.
Of most concern to residents was the nature of the dust and ash that was blown from the fire as they were advised the building may have contained asbestos cement sheeting.
The Highland Council engaged a firm of independent specialists to carry out reassurance tests for the presence of asbestos inside and outside homes between 81 and 93 Rosehaugh Road, and these have shown that the houses can be safely re-occupied.
This means that the seven adults and one infant who required to be housed in temporary accommodation can return to their homes and others can get back to their usual routine.
The Council is continuing the clean up gardens and streets.
In a letter hand delivered to 500 households in South Kessock, William Gilfillan, the Council’s Corporate Manager for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, said: “Our advice remains that where dust or ash is found on hard surfaces inside a house, this should be wiped down with a damp cloth which should then be disposed of. It is also advisable that paths and steps outside should be washed down to prevent dust being carried into the house. Today’s rain will also assist in clearing any material outside your home.
“I can assure you that all the public agencies worked as a team to minimise disruption and we all greatly appreciate the co-operation and understanding shown by residents affected by the impact of the fire.”