Firefighters rushed to Ardrossan Harbour on Saturday evening after reports of a fire at the marina.

The incident happened just before 8pm on Saturday with a crew called out and on arrival discovered an outdoor rubbish fire.

It is understood that there were no injuries reported and the crew quickly extinguished the blaze.

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The smoke from the fire could be seen across parts of Ardrossan with some taking to social media to ask what was happening.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “A call came in at 7.52pm on April 3, for Harbour Road in Ardrossan at the marina where there was a rubbish fire. We mobilised one appliance. The crew extinguished the fire and left shortly after.”

There are approximately 22,000 outdoor fires each year in Scotland which require emergency attendance and approximately 50 per cent of all these outdoor fires involve refuse, rubbish and fly-tipped materials.

With an estimated average cost of £2,000 for each attendance at such incidents, the estimated annual cost to the fire service is £22m.

You can help prevent rubbish fires by following their advice:

  • Store your rubbish in a secure area if possible
  • Keep your garage and shed locked as well as your home
  • Keep all flammable liquids locked away
  • Consider installing security lighting outside
  • Be alert to strangers loitering in your street and call the police if strangers are loitering for some time
  • Report any build-up of rubbish to your Local Authority or community fire station. This will help ensure it can be removed and prevent fires
  • Report any fly-tipping direct to your Local Authority or to the National Dumb Dumpers Stop line on 0845 230 40 90
  • Warn other people if a fire breaks out. Then get out, stay out and call the fire and rescue service out by ringing 999