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Highland Council buys destroyed care home

The site of an Inverness care home destroyed in a fire more than three years ago has been bought by Highland Council.

The local authority has used money from its land bank fund to purchase the Culloden Court site at Smithton.

It plans to build a specialised play and respite centre for disabled children.

The home's 59 residents and 12 members of staff all got out safely when the fire broke out in October 2010.

The home's elderly residents were safely evacuated from the building.

They were taken to an emergency reception centre set up at Smithton Primary and were later taken on to temporary accommodation in other local care homes.

Almost 40 firefighters tackled the blaze.

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