A CAR was severely damaged after it was set on fire on a residential street in Troon near Fullarton woods.

Bins were also found to be ablaze as firefighters battled flames on Hunter Crescent.

The incident is said to have taken place just after midnight on Thursday evening.

Two engines were called out as crews tackled the fire involving bins and a vehicle.

Despite the dangerous situation, no one was injured, but the private vehicle is said to have been written off after the fire.

A spokesman for Scottish Fire and rescue told the Ayr Advertiser: “Scottish fire and rescue was alerted at 12.23am on Friday, May 17 to reports of fire involving bins and a private vehicle on Hunter Crescent, Troon.

“Operations Control mobilised two appliances and firefighters extinguished the flames. There were no casualties.

“Crews left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe.”

Police are now conducting “robust enquires” to understand what happened into what they have called a “serious crime.”

Detectives are looking into the possibility the fire was started by a group of youths who were spotted on the street after returning from Fullarton woods.

Sgt Dean Barlas, Troon Locality supervisor said: “I can confirm that just after midnight on Friday 17th May we received a call from a member of the public and Fire Control reporting that a number of wheelie bins had been set on fire in Hunter Crescent, Troon.

“One of these bins appears to have been placed near a local resident’s private vehicle and it has in turn been extensively damaged.

“Local officers and CID responded to the incident and enquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible for what is a serious crime with potential for causing a great deal of harm.

“The early indication is that it may be linked to a group of youths who had spent the evening in Fullarton Woods and were returning to Troon along Hunter Crescent “ I would ask anyone in Hunter Crescent or the surrounding area who has CCTV or anyone who may have information regarding the fires to contact the police on 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800555111.”