Firefighters tackle blaze in Stirling city centre

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Fire in StirlingImage source, Matthew McEwan
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The fire was in flats above shops in Murray Place in Stirling

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a three-storey building in the centre of Stirling.

Several fire appliances were sent to the scene in Murray Place after the fire broke out at about 18:15 in flats above shops.

Police said the building had been evacuated and the fire service later confirmed there were no casualties.

Surrounding streets were closed off and people urged to avoid the area.

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said crews remained at the scene working to make the site safe.

Witnesses earlier reported seeing huge plumes of smoke and flames engulfing the upper storey of the building.

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The emergency services were called to the scene at about 18:15
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Police closed off several roads in the area

The spokesman said: "The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 6.15pm on Friday, February 16 to reports of a fire which had taken hold within a three storey residential building on Murray Place, Stirling.

"Operations control mobilised a number of fire engines to the scene and firefighters extinguished the flames.

"There were no casualties."

A statement on the Forth Valley Police Division Facebook page said: "Police are in attendance in the centre of Stirling assisting the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who are dealing with a fire in a three-storey building on Murray Place.

"Local road closures are in place at Murray Place, Barnton Street, Kings Street and Friars Street and public are advised to avoid the area for the rest of the evening.

"The building has been evacuated and there are no reports of any casualties at present."

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