Royal station in Ballater destroyed by fire
About 50 firefighters were called to the Old Royal Station in Ballater just before 2:00am Tuesday 12th May.
The fire was brought under control, but the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said 90% of the building, which includes a shop, restaurant and a museum, had been destroyed. There have been no reported injuries.
Through all the devastation, firefighters did manage to save a replica of a Royal carriage. It had been painstakingly hand-crafted to match the original design after being commissioned by VisitScotland at the suggestion of Prince Charles.
The A93 between Ballater and Braemar was closed during the firefighting operation but later re-opened.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service group manager John Morgan said: "When firefighters arrived they were faced with a well-developed fire which was affecting the building and roof space. Our main aim was to stop the fire spreading to adjacent properties which we were able to do.
"Although the restaurant has largely been destroyed we were able to save a good bit of the museum. The crews worked exceptionally hard in arduous, dangerous conditions and managed to save the carriage."
Inquiries into the cause of the fire are ongoing.
Story collated by Liz Turnbull
Registered Office: Southwold House, 66 Botley Road, Park Gate, Southampton, United Kingdom. Company Number: 07810000