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Fire destroys former primary school in Inverkeithing

Inverkeithing fire Image copyright John Binnie
Image caption The fire broke out at the former primary school in Inverkeithing

A major fire at a derelict school in Fife is being treated as unexplained by police.

The alarm was raised at 21:20 on Monday after fire engulfed a derelict primary school in Inverkeithing.

Residents were told to keep their windows and doors shut. No one was injured in the fire but one person was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

There is no access to the car park in Hill Street as firefighters continue to tackle a few remaining pockets of fire.

Det Insp Kelly McEwan, of Police Scotland, said: "The fire is currently being treated as unexplained and we are working with our colleagues in the Scottish Fire Service to investigate the full circumstances.

"We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area, both before and after the fire took hold, or who has relevant information relating to our inquiries."

'Challenging and protracted'

At its height, up to 40 firefighters and nine fire engines tackled the blaze.

Roddie Keith, of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said: "This has undoubtedly been a challenging and protracted incident, and there is still work to do as our crews remain on scene.

"There will be disruption around Inverkeithing and I would advise the public to avoid this area at this present time."

Image copyright Jim McDonald
Image caption Firefighters were still tackling the fire on Tuesday

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