A man has been arrested after allegedly being 'aggressive' towards firefighters tackling a blaze at flats in Ayr.

Police confirmed they arrested a 55-year-old male shortly after fire crews rushed to the scene at a flat in Argyle Park yesterday afternoon.

Three fire engines were sent to tackle the flames which took hold on the ground floor of a property around 1.50pm.

Fire crews wore specialist breathing equipment as thick smoke billowed from a back entrance of the block.

Residents fled from their homes and nearby flats were also evacuated in the Wallacetown area.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service say no one was injured as a result of the fire.

An eyewitness told Ayrshire Live how neighbours helped each other to get out as carbon monoxide alarms in the flats were set off.

Police say they arrested a man after receiving a call from the fire service.

He is due to appear in court at a later date.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland told Ayrshire Live: "We were made aware of a fire at Argyle Park, Ayr, being dealt with by the fire service around 2.30pm on Wednesday, December 1.

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"We received a further call from the fire service claiming a man was allegedly being aggressive towards them.

"Officers attended and a 55-year-old man was arrested. He was released to appear at court at a later date."

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 1.51pm on Wednesday, December 1, to reports of a fire affecting a ground floor property at Argyle Park, Ayr.

“Operations control immediately mobilised three fire engines to the location and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire.

“Crews remained at the scene to ensure the area is made safe.”

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