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Fire crews tackle blaze at derelict Ayrshire school

Fencedyke Primary in Irvine Image copyright Sharon Williamson
Image caption More than a dozen firefighters battled the blaze at the former school building

About 15 firefighters have worked through the night to control a blaze at a derelict school in North Ayrshire.

Crews arrived at the former Fencedyke Primary building, at Cheviot Head, Irvine, just before 21:20 on Tuesday.

They found a "substantial fire" burning in the building and deployed ground and aerial hoses to bring it under control.

Scottish Gas and Scottish Power staff were called to isolate supplies and North Ayrshire Council building control officers also attended.

Incident commander Scott Cunningham, from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Our crews arrived to find a well-developed fire within the building and immediately requested an aerial rescue pump to bolster the resources at the scene.

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Image caption The fire broke out at the disused school building in Irvine on Tuesday night

"This was sent from Kilmarnock and around 15 firefighters worked throughout the night to tackle what was a substantial fire burning throughout the building.

"By sectorising the incident we were able to surround the flames and tackle them from both ground level and from height, with multiple high-pressure water jets used to bring the fire under control."

Crews were still at the scene with a thermal imaging camera on Wednesday morning to ensure the fire was extinguished.

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