Two teenagers have been charged following a massive blaze at an Aberdeenshire hospital.
About 65 firefighters spent 19 hours battling fierce flames at the Glen O’Dee Hospital in Banchory after the alarm was raised.
A joint police and fire service investigation was launched following the incident.
Yesterday police said two 13-year-old boys had been charged in connection with the fire, which was discovered around 11.30pm on Thursday.
They will be reported to the youth justice management unit.
Glen O’Dee Hospital was originally built in 1900 as a sanatorium for patients suffering from tuberculosis.
The A-listed building was used as a hotel, a billet for World War II troops and a home for the elderly before being closed down in 1998.
Detective Sergeant George Nixon said: “We would like to thank members of the Banchory community for their support and assistance throughout this inquiry.
“While no one was injured a significant amount of damage has been caused and the consequences could have been far greater.”
On Sunday morning crews were sent back to hospital the flames flared up again.
Last night, Banchory and Mid-Deeside councillor Linda Clark said future development of the site should not be ruled out.
The SNP member added: “I am saddened about the fire because it has got loads of history, it means an awful lot to people there.
“I just found the whole thing terribly sad. It is a cliche but a phoenix has to rise from the ashes here, we have to allow for things to happen.”