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Fire breaks out at historic Skibo Castle near Dornoch

Fire engines at Skibo Castle Image copyright Peter Jolly
Image caption Firefighters were called to the luxury hotel near Dornoch on Monday evening

Fire crews have tackled a blaze at a luxury hotel in the Highlands.

The alarm was raised at Skibo Castle, near Dornoch in Sutherland, at about 20:18 on Monday.

About 40 firefighters and six fire engines attended the scene. Two people were brought to safety by firefighters and 40 guests were moved to alternative accommodation in the grounds.

There were no injuries. The fire service said the blaze was "contained" at about 21:45.

It appeared to have started in a chimney and affected the roof space of the historic building.

Peter Crome, chairman of Skibo Castle and The Carnegie Club, said the fact that the fire was quickly contained meant "just a few rooms" suffered water damage.

He added: "We are grateful for the quick action of the emergency services and also for the exceptional response of our own staff, who assisted guests and volunteered to help in any way they could."

Group Manager Mark Loynd, from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said: "This was a challenging incident and our firefighters worked hard alongside partners to bring this fire under control."

The luxury four-storey building played host to the wedding of Madonna and Guy Ritchie in 2000.

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