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Firefighters work through the night at house fire

Firefighters who have worked through the night to control a house fire in Dumfries and Galloway are still at the scene.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called out to an unoccupied house at Twynholm in Kirkcudbright at 5:15pm, yesterday, Thursday 22 May.

It took a total of five teams to control the blaze. Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse fire stations were the first to respond but needed additional help from Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie and Dalmellington in East Ayrshire.

There are no reports of casualties.

Two cut free from car

Two people had to be cut free from their car after an accident in Dumfries and Galloway.

Firefighters were called to a collision involving two vehicles at 23.23 last night (April 19) on the A701 at Moffat.

They were at the scene for half an hour as they released two people from one of the cars.

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Nine rescued in Kirkcudbright flat fire

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.

“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."

– Spokesperson, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Home flooded in Dumfries

The emergency services were called to a flooded home in Dumfries after another day of heavy rain across most parts of our region today.

Firefighters using a portable pump spent two hours removing rainwater from underneath a house at Moss View in Georgetown at around 3pm this afternoon.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said they removed about a foot of rainwater from under the floor boards of the house.

No other properties were reported as being affected.

Number of house fires in Scottish Borders increase

The Scottish Borders has seen a growing number of fires break out over the last year.

New figures laid out in the Local Fire and Rescue plan for the area have shown a total of 107 house fires were reported in 2012/13 compared to 95 in 2011/12.

100 of those reported were accidental compared to 92 the pervious year.

The number of deliberate fires increased from three in 2011/12 to seven in 2012/13.

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