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Christmas day tragedy in Tarbert

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Villagers were shocked and saddened following a fire in Tarbert during the early hours of Christmas Day in which a 41-year-old man died.

Joe McKay, chief officer with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) for Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartons­hire and West Dunbartons­hire, said: ‘We were alerted at 5.31am on Friday December 25 to reports of a fire at a residentia­l property in Garval Road, Tarbert.

‘Operations control mobilised four appliances to the affected ground floor flat which sits within a two-storey building and firefighte­rs extinguish­ed the fire.

‘Very sadly, a man was pronounced deceased at the scene and our thoughts remain very firmly with his family, friends and the wider community at this difficult time.’

SFRS fire investigat­ion officers and police attended, and a Police Scotland spokespers­on confirmed there are no apparent suspicious circumstan­ces, with a report to be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

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