Homes had to be evacuated and three teams of firefighters were callled to battle a blaze that appears to be the latest in a series of grass fires deliberately set alight in Dumfries and Galloway.
Some of the residents who were led from their homes were in their seventies, as large flames came within just a few feet of properties.
Police say the fire near Sanquhar is one of eight suspicious grass fires in the past six days.
Matthew Taylor has this report:
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