Woman dies in house fire at Rearquhar near Dornoch
A 74-year-old woman has died in an early morning house fire in the Rearquhar area near Dornoch.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to the blaze in a single-storey house at 01:30.
Fire crews from Dornoch and Tain were sent to the scene and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus searched the house.
SFRS said: "Sadly during the search firefighters found one elderly female fatality inside."
The fire service and Police Scotland will hold a joint investigation into the cause of the fire, although police said there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances..