Fire crews spent hours fighting a major fire at a Perthshire equestrian centre yesterday.
The blaze at Netherton Farm, near Abernethy, sent huge plumes of smoke billowing across the countryside and prompted safety warnings for motorists.
Police issued a warning to motorists to drive with caution due to poor visibility on the A912 between Bridge of Earn and Aberargie because of the smoke.
Officers continued with a series of traffic management measures into the early evening.
A spokeswoman for Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Fire crews were alerted to a fire at the centre at 11.28am.
“Four appliances, two of which included high reach capabilities, were dispatched and remained at the scene throughout the day.
“Investigations into how the fire started are under way.”
A number of horses which are kept at the centre were placed in a nearby field out of harm’s way.
While three fire appliances remained at the scene well into the night, it is understood all of the animals at the centre have been declared safe.
One neighbour who witnessed the blaze said it appeared to have been a major incident.
He added: “The flames have been going all day. They’ve been absolutely huge.
“The flames would terrify almost anyone, they were that big.”
Another witness said he could see the smoke from his kitchen window from the other side of Bridge of Earn.
The equestrian centre is run by the Wilkie family and features indoor and outdoor riding areas, as well as a livery yard.
No one from the farm wanted to comment last night. However, a message on the Facebook page said all of the people and animals were safe. A number of wellwishers were offering spaces in case any of the horses had to be temporarily rehomed.
Almond and Earn SNP councillor Henry Anderson said: “I am so glad that it appears that no one was injured, or the horses.
“I spoke to people in the area and they said no one had been hurt, but the horses did appear to be quite agitated.”
He added: “That was my main concern. It is also quite a terrible thing for the business.”
The cause of the fire is as yet unclear.