Tayside and Central Scotland

Elderly man dies in Dundee flats blaze

Adamsons Court flats
Image caption The fire was on the 14th floor of the block of flats

A man in his 80s has died in a fire at his 14th floor flat in Dundee.

Emergency services were called to the blaze at Adamsons Court, Lochee, shortly after 0530 GMT. The man was found dead by firefighters.

One person was treated by ambulance staff at the scene for smoke inhalation.

The building was evacuated as a "precautionary measure", the fire service said. The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

A joint police and fire investigation is under way.

Tayside Fire and Rescue said the severity of the blaze could be seen "from some distance away" and several appliances were sent to the scene.

'Prompt action'

The fire service's Martin Tait said: "On arrival crews quickly made their way to the flat on the 14th floor, but tragically despite the best efforts of crews, we were unable to save the occupant who had succumbed to the effects of the fire.

"Crews were faced with a very challenging situation with smoke affecting a number of adjacent flats.

"Crews dealt with the fire using two main line jets whilst other firefighters were utilised for evacuation and to ensure the safety of other residents within the high rise building."

Mr Tait said the fire had been contained in the elderly man's flat because of the building's construction and "prompt actions by fire crews".

Residents forced to leave the building were taken to a nearby office by Dundee City Council staff.

The Lochee bypass was closed while firefighters fought the blaze, but the road was reopened at 0800 GMT.

Mr Tait added: "Our sympathies go to the family and friends of the deceased and the wider community of Lochee."

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