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Arrests over blaze at former nursing home in Ayr

Firefighters tackle the blaze at a former nursing home in Ayr
Image caption Firefighters were forced to retreat as parts of the building began to collapse due to the ferocity of the blaze

Two teenagers are due to appear in court in connection with a fire at a derelict nursing home in Ayr.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue were alerted to the blaze at the Racecourse Road building at 19.20 on Wednesday.

More than 30 firefighters were involved in tackling the fire but were forced to retreat as parts of the building began to collapse due to its ferocity.

Firefighters helped visitors at the nearby Ayrshire Hospice leave safely. Crews are still at the scene.

The fire was already well developed in the first and second floors of the building when firefighters arrived.

More resources were sent, including crews from Troon, Maybole and Dreghorn, and at the height of the blaze, 35 firefighters, five appliances and two high reach appliances were on the scene.

Parts of the building suffered structural collapse, but crews managed to contain the fire. Strathclyde Police closed off nearby roads.

The boys, aged 16 and 18, are being held in police custody and are expected to appear at Ayr Sheriff Court later.

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