Hunt for miss­ing woman af­ter fire

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - MORAY NEWS -

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”

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