A MASSIVE fire ripped through a historic former railway station today.
Around 50 firefighters spent more than three hours battling the fire in Ballater’s Station Square.
The village’s train station, which was used and visited by a number of members of the Royal family, was badly affected.
A number of businesses which are based in the building, including Lucy’s Clothing, Amy Muir Photography, the Station Restaurant and the Ballater Information Centre, were also hit.
Around 90% of the Station Square building, which is now a museum, has been badly affected.
A fire spokeswoman said the blaze started at 1.56am and it was brought under control at 5.20am.
She added: “Approximately 90% of the property has been badly affected.
“We had five pumping appliances and five specialist appliances.
“Crews fought hard to save parts of the museum.
“Operations will continue for several hours to extinguish any hot spots to prevent further fire spread.”
No one was injured as a result of the incident and the fire did not spread to neighbouring houses.
The specialist appliances in use were a heat vehicle and communications pod from Aberdeen, a water carrier from Turriff, an incident support van carrying extra breathing apparatus and a welfare unit for the firefighters.
The A93 between Ballater and Braemar has been closed and motorists are being asked to use the Pass of Ballater.