Tayside and Central Scotland

Fire at abandoned Dundee hospital thought to be arson

A fire in an abandoned Dundee hospital is believed to have been started deliberately.

Firefighters attended at the old Strathmartine Hospital on the outskirts of the city at 18:00 on Wednesday.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus used jet reels to extinguish the flames in the derelict building, which has been empty since 2003.

Fire chiefs said the blaze was likely to be arson, as the building has no power and is in an isolated location.

The hospital has been the scene of a number of secondary fires in recent years.

A member of the public raised the alarm after seeing smoke rising from the area, and three fire crews were on the scene for about 90 minutes dealing with the blaze.

Part of the building was filled with smoke. Firefighters searched the building but found no-one inside.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland's Tayside division confirmed the force was aware of the incident.

Angus Council has received a planning application to turn the site into almost 200 homes, but this has been opposed by neighbouring Dundee City Council.

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