Tayside and Central Scotland

Dozens of firefighters called to Angus cottage blaze

Kirrie fire Image copyright Mark Crush
Image caption The cottage was badly damaged in the fire after flames burst through the roof

Dozens of firefighters were called out to battle a blaze which destroyed a cottage in Angus.

Four fire crews and a specialist support unit were called to Chapelton Farm near Kirriemuir when residents returned from a walk to find the house on fire on Wednesday.

The building was "50% destroyed" after flames burst through the roof, and crews remained in place for hours cutting away timbers and damping down.

No-one was injured in the fire.

The alarm was raised at 18:01 on Wednesday evening when the occupants returned home to find a fire had broken out in the kitchen.

Two engines from nearby Kirriemuir and two from Forfar were joined by a specialist breathing apparatus support unit from Dundee, with a total of 25 firefighters on hand.

Two hose jets were used to extinguish the flames, with crews having to ferry water from a nearby burn.

Mark Crush, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's local risk manager for Dundee West, said the building had been badly damaged in the blaze.

He said: "About 50% of the property was destroyed.

"The building is quite a bit down a farm track, and the fire had had a chance to develop.

"You can replace possessions, but the fact the people were safe and there were no injuries is the main thing for us."

Image copyright Mark Crush
Image caption More than two dozen firefighters were on the scene of the blaze near Kirriemuir

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