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Scotland: Troon railway station catches fire on hottest day of year

People watch as firefighters battle the flames (Image: PA/John McGovern)

Train services to Glasgow were canceled due to a fire at a historic train station building this afternoon.

The ‘terrifying’ fire at Troon station, near Kilmarnock, is believed to have started in a ticket office.

ScotRail was forced to cut power to the overhead lines so firefighters could tackle the blaze, which it said ‘has taken up a large area and affected the power supply’ of other routes. .

Fire and Rescue Scotland sent a team of six engines to the scene at 12.40pm on Saturday.

The fire broke out on the hottest day of the year ever, with local temperatures expected to reach 21°C.

The western Ayreshire town is popular in the summer with visitors from all over the west of Scotland flocking to its beaches when the mercury soars.

A day’s worth of services to popular destinations including Kilmarnock and Glasgow, which is around 35 miles away, were cancelled. Rail replacement buses were brought in instead.

Crews in six pieces of equipment were dispatched to tackle the fire (Image: Network Rail/PA)
An aerial view shows smoke rising into the air from Troon station (Image: PA/Network Rail)

Glasgow MSP Paul Sweeney tweeted: ‘Tragic to see this fire engulf the stunning James Miller-designed railway station building on platform 1 at Troon.

‘It was originally built by the Glasgow and South Western Railway in 1892. I hope it can be restored. Nice to see that @RailwayHeritage has supported them. ‘

The Railroad Heritage Trust has offered to assist both Scotrail and Network Rail to salvage as much of the historic building as possible.

Speaking to the Ayrshire Daily News website at the scene, Ayr MSP Siobhian Brown said the blaze was ‘devastating’.

She said: ‘I have spoken to the transport minister and he is being updated on the situation which has had a significant effect on the whole building – as you can see they are still trying to put out the fire.

‘There will be severe disruption to train lines going from Ayr to Glasgow and they will put on a bus and we will keep you updated on the situation.’

Ms Brown added: ‘We’re not sure how the fire started but we believe it somehow started at the box office but we’ll have to determine that further. But fortunately, no one was injured. ‘

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