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Fire at disused St Columba's Primary School in Kilmarnock

Fire-ravaged former St Columba's Primary School
Image caption The blaze gutted the former St Columba's Primary School in Kilmarnock

An inquiry is under way after a C-listed disused school building in East Ayrshire was badly damaged by fire.

The blaze at the former St Columba's Primary School, in Elmbank Drive, Kilmarnock, was reported at 04:00 and brought under control by early morning.

The blaze affected access to nearby Kilmarnock Academy.

East Ayrshire Council said access to the school was available via London Road and not from Elmbank Avenue, which was closed to traffic.

Graham Short, the council's executive director of educational services, said: "Both Kilmarnock Academy and Loanhead Primary School opened on time as normal.

"Thanks to all parents, pupils and staff for their support in these difficult circumstances".

Image caption Firefighters were called to a blaze at a house in Troon

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said a joint investigation with police would get under way after dampening down operations had ended.

Meanwhile, firefighters have also extinguished a blaze in the roof space of a house in Troon.

Crews were called to the property in the town's Bentinck Crescent at about 02:40.

The blaze has been extinguished but crews remain at the scene for cutting away operations and the removal of debris.

The fire service said no-one was hurt in either incident.

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