Dark Sky Observatory
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Fire ripped through the observatory in the early hours of Wednesday morning
The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory in Ayrshire has been destroyed in a "suspicious" fire.

Emergency services were called to the site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park at about 01:00.

A joint police and fire service investigation will be carried out to try to establish the cause.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it had sent four appliances to the scene in the early hours and crews remained on site.

There were no reports of any casualties.

Police Scotland asked any motorists with dash cams to check their footage if they were in the area.

Dark Sky Observatory

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory opened on the edge of Galloway forest park in late 2012
Det Con Steven Grey said: "The observatory is run by a charity organisation and the financial impact and damage caused is extremely significant.

"It is vital we establish the full circumstances surrounding what happened and I am appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

"The observatory is in a remote location and I would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the area on Tuesday night, into Wednesday morning."

The Galloway Forest Park straddles the regions of East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway and it achieved Dark Sky Park recognition in 2009. The observatory was officially opened in 2012.