South Scotland

Man's body found hours after Hawick fire

The body of a 50-year-old man has been found in a Borders flat hours after a fire was extinguished.

Firefighters were called to the ground-floor flat in Wellogate Place, Hawick, in the early hours of Sunday.

The fire was "well developed" but no-one was thought to be in the flat at the time and a search after the blaze was extinguished failed to find anyone.

However, later, when police were unable to trace the owner, another search was carried out and his body was found.

The cause of death and the circumstances surrounding the fire are still under investigation but Lothian and Borders Police said there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said it was a "tragic fatal blaze" and expressed sympathy to the man's family.

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