FIRE crews raced to Longannet Power Station this week as a blaze broke out in its telecommunications room.

Eight appliances were called out to the Kincardine power plant at around 6.30am on Monday morning as the fire alarms were triggered.

A full investigation is now under way to determine the cause of the fire at the station, which closed down in 2016.

A Scottish Power spokesperson said: "A small fire broke out this morning in the station’s telecommunications room, the fire brigade attended and the fire was contained quickly.

"A full investigation will be carried out as to the cause.”

Firefighters dealt with the fire and left the scene during the afternoon.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 6.36am on Monday, October 29 to reports of smoke from Longannet Power Station.

“Operations Control mobilised a number of fire engines to Kincardine where firefighters extinguished a small fire in one of the rooms in the main building.

“There were no casualties.

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

Longannet shut in March 2016 which resulted in 370 direct job losses.

The Press reported recently that the site could be transformed into a train manufacturing plant after being shortlisted by Spanish company Talgo in plans worth £40 million.

It is one of six UK locations earmarked to be the potential host for the creation of high-speed trains as part of a lucrative HS2 contract, which would create 1,000 jobs.