Early indications show that a 'domestic appliance' could be to blame for a major fire at a hotel in Kirkcudbright, according to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
More than 30 firefighters and five fire engines were deployed to the Gordon House hotel on Thursday evening, when a large fire broke out at the rear of the building.
Residents in the hotel and surrounding properties were evacuated, but no injuries were sustained.
The fire took several hours to control, due to the difficulty of it's source at the rear of the hotel.
A full investigation will now begin to determine what exactly caused the fire.
Police are appealing for witnesses after two suspicious fires in Dumfries and Galloway.
First, the front door and letterbox of a flat in Kirkcudbright were damaged by fire at around 3pm on Tuesday 29 September.
A neighbour extinguished the flames at the flat on Dee Road, and police now believe it was started deliberately.
Another incident was reported at 12:20am today (Wednesday 30 September), when a car in Dumfries was set on fire.
The red Vauxhall Corsa was found in flames on Wallamhill Road in Locharbriggs, and was seriously damaged.
A new art gallery in Kirkcudbright has moved a step closer after the Heritage Lottery Fund earmarked more than £900,000 for the project.
Dumfries and Galloway Council plans to transform Kircudbright Town Hall into a contemporary art gallery showcasing and celebrating local and nationally significant pieces of art.
The council says the Heritage Lottery Fund cash is a "major contribution" towards making the plan a reality.
Work on the gallery is scheduled to start in spring 2016 with the gallery scheduled to open mid 2017.
Kirkcudbright School pupils have thrown a WW2 style party for the older residents of Kirkcudbright.
Lori Carnochan reports.
Pupils from Kirkcudbright School have held a WW2 style party for local residents.
The children have spent weeks researching and planning the period to lay on a show for locals.
Ruth Gordon is the Primary Seven school teacher and explains the purpose of the event.
Pupils at Kirkcudbright School have thrown a WW2 theme party for older residents.
The children, who are all in Primary Seven, have been learning about World War Two and invited 150 older people from the local community to join in with the fun.
The children sang popular wartime songs, read poetry and told stories of what life was like for children growing up in the war.
Afterwards the guests were treated to war-themed cakes that they had baked.
A treasure hunter has told how a five-hour search in atrocious weather ended with him and a fellow enthusiast netting a haul of medieval silver coins.
Derek McLennan and Gus Paterson reportedly used metal detectors to discover the coins in a field at Twynholm, near Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, shortly before Christmas.
Overall, the men netted 322 coins, which are said to carry images of various monarchs of the time.
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.