Police are treating a major blaze at a north-east hotel last night as “suspicious”.
Firefighters were called to attend a fire a the disused Torryburn Hotel in Kintore, Aberdeenshire at 11.30pm.
The fire was well-established when the first crews arrived with flames coming through the roof.
At the height of the fire, four pumps and four specialist appliances, including an aerial rescue platform were involved in the incident. A total of 40 firefighters were at the scene.
SFRS Group Manager Fraser Burr said: “Crews were faced with a very intense, well-established fire when they arrived.
“On this occasion we were forced to fight the fire from outside due to the intensity of the fire as well as the condition of the building on the inside.
“We used an aerial ladder to apply water from above the fire which quickly had the desired effect of knocking the flames down.”
While it is too soon to comment on the cause of the fire, it is being treated as suspicious by Police Scotland.