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Residents evacuated from Kirkcaldy flats blaze

Fire service tackling blaze at flats in Dunearn Drive, Kirkcaldy
Image caption The blaze was brought under control but the block of flats was extensively damaged

Residents in a block of flats in Kirkcaldy were evacuated to a local primary school following a serious fire.

The blaze started in Dunearn Drive at about 19:05 on Friday.

The fire was eventually brought under control, but the three-storey block of flats suffered extensive damage.

No-one was seriously injured. Fife Fire and Rescue Service said it was too early to speculate on the cause of the blaze.

Insp Jane Combe, of Fife Constabulary, said: "Officers took quick action on their arrival to ensure the safety of the public, evacuating nearby properties and setting up cordons to maintain public safety.

"A 64-year-old man was treated at Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, for smoke inhalation after being taken there by ambulance.

"He was released after treatment."

Dunearn Primary School was set up as an emergency point for those who had been evacuated.

Police and fire officers launched a joint inquiry into the blaze. Fife Police appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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