Man, 71, taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after Ellon fire
A 71-year-old man was taken to hospital after suffering serious burns in a fire in Aberdeenshire.
Firefighters were called to the blaze in Esslemont Circle in Ellon at about 07:15.
The man was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment. He was later said to be in a "serious but stable" condition.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has begun an investigation into what caused the fire.
Area manager David Rout said: "Our crews arrived to find a well-developed fire within the living room of the property and they immediately began firefighting and search and rescue operations.
"The incident commander committed four firefighters wearing full breathing apparatus and thankfully they were able to confirm no-one was inside.
"The team's skill and professionalism successfully put out this fire before it could spread to neighbouring properties and risk even more casualties."