Thousands of pounds have been rasied just hours after a fire destroyed a popular village hotel.

Emergency crews have spent the most part of today tackling an ‘extensive fire’ at the Taynuilt Inn on the A85 near Oban.

Three fire engines were sent to the scene in Argyll and Bute at around 5am this morning, and pictures of the massive fire engulfing the hotel have been emerging throughout the day.

Now a fundraiser to help the owners, Lesley and Jordan, has been started on Gofundme and it has already raised more than £2,700 for the family and their dog. 

The Gofundme page reads: "After a fire ravaged Lesley and Jordan’s business and home in the early hours of the 21st of September they’ve been left with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

"They and their team worked tirelessly to reopen the Taynuilt Inn and it’s been fantastic asset and hub to the community.

"They've left this morning with nothing and if anyone could donate to help them get clothes food and things for the dog till they get sorted."HeraldScotland: Photo by Robert McPhersonPhoto by Robert McPherson

Police on social media say the A85 at Taynuilt will now be shut ‘for some time’ due to the fire.

There have been no reports of any casualties in the incident.

Pictures taken from the scene by local Robert McPherson show flames billowing out of the building.

The roof of the hotel appears to have caved in.

The Oban Police Twitter said: “Due to an extensive fire the A85 at Taynuilt will be shut for some time. Please find an alternative route.”

Traffic Scotland have also been posting updates throughout the morning, keeping drivers up-to-date with alternative routes.

 

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson added: “We were alerted at 5.05am on Tuesday, September 21 to reports of a building on fire on the A85 near Taynuilt.

“Operations Control mobilised three appliances and one height vehicle to the area and firefighters are working to extinguish the fire.

“There are no reported casualties at this time and crews are currently still in attendance.”

HeraldScotland: Police have been tackling the blaze which broke out at 5am (Photo by Robert McPherson)Police have been tackling the blaze which broke out at 5am (Photo by Robert McPherson)

The fire and subsequent road closures have caused problems for local services in the area.

It is understood that the local school and early learning centre have been closed due to a lack of water - with supplies being pumped to tackle the blaze.

Taynuilt Medical Practice also confirmed they would shut the Dalmally Surgery today - they posted on social media apologising for the inconvenience. They plan to reopen tomorrow.

Bus firm West Coast Motors posted online: "The A85 is currently closed at Taynuilt due to a building fire, services directly affected are, 403 Dalmally, 415 Dalavich and 976 Glasgow, however we have several staff members who live past the closure and are unable to get in to Oban so other services may also be affected.

"Please bear with us we will do our best to keep as much moving as we can. Thank you."