Fire crews tackle major Turnberry blaze

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Fire crews from across Ayrshire were called out on Boxing Day night to deal with a major blaze at a block of flats in Turnberry.

The call came in to the fire service’s control room in Johnstone at 11.46pm on Friday evening and crews responded from Girvan, Maybole ,Colmonell, Dreghorn and Ayr community fire stations to the incident.

Crews worked through the night which started in the top floor of the block of flats in the village, which is world famous for being a host of The Open Championship.

At the height of the blaze, around 40 firefighters were tackling the fire which had burst through the roof.

Incident commander Jim Scott committed eight firefighters wearing breathing apparatus to conduct a thorough search of the property.

Six appliances were at the scene during the major hours of the blaze as was the Forward Control Unit.

Commander Scott said at the time: “This is an ongoing incident and our crews will be on the scene for a considerable time.

“We are working with partner agencies, including our own Fire Investigation team to bring the incident to a safe and satisfactory conclusion.”

Two fire engines were still at the scene at 11am on Saturday morning, almost 12 hours after the fire was first reported.

It was later reported that there were no serious injuries as a result of the blaze. There is said to have been over a dozen people in residence at the flat at the time along with a number of pets but they are all safe.