Blaze tragedy as person dies after fire rips through Inverness home

Fire crews at the scene of the blaze on Tomatin Road, Inverness

A person has died after a fire ripped through an Inverness home early this morning.

Emergency services scrambled to Tomatin Road in the south east of the city at around 2am on Thursday, July 11.

Four fire crews raced to the scene alongside a height appliance and residents were evacuated from their homes. The row of shops that sit below the flats were also closed "until further notice".

Police Scotland have now confirmed one person tragically died as a result of the fire. Enquiries are currently ongoing to establish the circumstances.

Horror photos from the scene earlier today showed the devastation the inferno has caused, with a huge hole burnt out in the roof of one of the flats.

A Police Scotland Spokesperson said: "We received a report of a fire at a property on Tomatin Road, Inverness, around 2.10am on Thursday, 11 July, 2024.

"Emergency services are in attendance and one person has died as a result of the fire.

"A number of residents have been evacuated. Tomatin Road is closed and is expected to re-open shortly.

"Enquiries into the cause of the fire are ongoing."

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were alerted at 02.03am on Thursday, July 11, to reports of a fire at a flat at Tomatin Road, Inverness.

“Operations Control mobilised four appliances and a specialist height appliance to the scene, where crews extinguished the fire. Firefighters remain in attendance.”

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