RESIDENTS in Lochwinnoch were left alarmed after an abandoned building was set on fire.

Flames were seen billowing from the disused St Joseph’s Estate, in Corsefield Road.

Villagers witnessed black plumes of smoke billowing through the sky, which left many in a panic.

A total of four fire engines rushed to the scene at around 4.30pm on Monday.

The blaze was quickly extinguished and no-one was injured as a result of the incident.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “We were alerted to reports of a fire within a derelict building near Newton of Barr, Lochwinnoch, at 4.36pm on Monday.

“A total of four appliances were immediately mobilised and firefighters extinguished the flames using high-powered hoses.

“Crews left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe.”

The site has been a hot-spot for deliberate fires recently, with calls from villagers for the derelict building to be demolished.

In June this year, six juveniles were reported to the children’s panel after setting fire to St Joseph’s Estate.

When officers arrived, there was a blaze and six children were later charged with wilful fireraising and culpable and reckless conduct.

Anyone who has information about the latest fire is asked to call police on 101.

Alternatively, ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.