An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire which led to nine people having to be rescued from their homes in the early hours of this morning.
Nobody was hurt in the fire at a block of flats near Kirkcudbright. But considerable damage was caused to two properties. Lori Carnochan reports.
Weather conditions made tackling Kirkcudbright flat fire 'arduous and difficult'.
– Neville Wright, Area Commander, Scottish Fire and Rescue
"The upper floor of one of the flats was gutted and extensive damage has been caused to the roofs. The two flats at the side of the property were protected.
"Due to the weather conditions last night the fire was very arduous and difficult to tackle."
Nine people were evacuated from a flat fire after a resident returned home to find his flat filled with smoke.
Two of the four flats in the block have extensive fire and water damage.
No one was injured and the fire is not being treated as suspicious.
Nine people have been rescued by firefighters who are dealing with a fire in a block of flats in Kirkcudbright.
Crews from Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet were called at 1am but due to the size of the fire additional appliances were called from Castle Douglas and Dumfries.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews are currently working alongside colleagues from Police Scotland to resolve the situation.
– Spokesperson, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus sets have entered the smoke filled flats, with a number of firefighting water jets, to deal with the fire situation.
"Nine residents have been guided to a place safety out with the building."