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.
"The fire was out the back on a flat roof section of the building, which is an extension of this listed building. It broke through the roof quite quickly so it was important for crews to get there quickly. There was a danger to our crews of a possible collapse so we initially fought the fire from outside."
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.
The consequences of such a reckless act don't bear thinking about in this case. We want to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously around the Dee Road area, and in particular in the vicinity of the flats around 1500 hours yesterday. Callers with information should call us at Kirkcudbright on 101."
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.
Extensive enquiries are being made into this reckless act and we are keen to trace a man who was seen in the vicinity the time of the fire. He is described as being white, in his early to mid 30s, stocky build, short dark hair and was wearing a black hooded tracksuit top with a black t-shirt underneath, black tracksuit bottoms and trainers. This man was walking three dogs, an alsatian, a black labrador and a small white dog. Anyone with any information which might help should call us at Dumfries on 101."
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.
“Building the local economy is the number one priority for our Council. Given the growth of cultural tourism, the Kirkcudbright Art Gallery project offers our region significant, long-term and sustainable economic impact.
"This award from the Heritage Lottery Fund is very exciting as it will enable us to develop a fabulous facility for the people of Dumfries and Galloway and for visitors to our region.”
"HLF is delighted to support this transformational project, which will give Kirkcudbright an art gallery worthy of the exceptional art works it will house.
"The future of the historic town hall has been secured and not only will it attract more tourists to the area but will benefit the wider community as they’re encouraged to explore and enjoy the area’s rich art heritage. It’s thanks to players of the National Lottery that we have been able to help make this happen.”
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.
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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.
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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.