Glasgow & West Scotland

Jetski store fire explosion worry

A supermarket was evacuated and a section of railway line was closed as firefighters tackled a blaze at a jetski service centre in Ayrshire.

Fire crews found a "well developed fire" when they arrived at Jetski Ecosse in Irvine at 18:30.

Inside they discovered acetylene cylinders, which they said posed a "significant and unpredictable rupture/explosion hazard".

A nearby Tesco store was evacuated as a precaution.

The railway line between Barassie and Irvine train stations was also closed.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said that fire crews would be at the scene throughout the night applying cooling sprays to the cylinders and monitoring the situation.

In a statement the fire service said: "The nature of this type of incident, necessitates that a minimum period of time must elapse to ensure that the heated cylinders no longer pose a threat.

"It is anticipated that the previous restrictions and cordons put in place will remain so throughout the night. This will however, be subject to continuous re-assessment."

The fire service and Strathclyde Police will carry out a joint investigation into the cause of the blaze.