Hunt for missing woman after fire
A 71-year-old woman remained missing last night after a fire broke out in a house near Inverness city centre.
Police said initial inquiries suggested she was inside the bungalow at the time of the blaze, at about 1.55am yesterday.
Emergency services were called to the fire on Island Bank Road and neighbouring residents were evacuated by police amid fears that the flames could spread.
The woman’s next of kin have been made aware and efforts are ongoing to confirm the circumstances. No one else suffered serious injury.
Detective Inspector Steven Mackenzie said: “Our inquiries are at a very early stage.
“However, our initial inquiries suggest that an occupant was within the property at the time of the fire.
“Due to the extensive structural damage, gaining entry to the building is likely to take some time.
“Structural engineers will assess the building and advise when it will be safe to enter. Inquiries are continuing”