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Residents return to fire hit flat block in Inverness

By Neil MacPhail

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Firefighters at Kenneth Buildings, Inverness.
Firefighters at Kenneth Buildings, Inverness.

Residents of the Inverness flat block hit by fire on Tuesday have been able to return to their homes apart from the man living in the flat where the outbreak was centred.

He is being assisted with alternative accommodation by Highland Council who own the flats. It is understood he was not at home when the alarm was raised.

A council spokesperson said today (Wed June 14): "All residents except for one in the flat affected by the fire are now back in their homes and we will continue to assist the remaining resident affected in line with normal procedures."

Two Inverness fire crews, some wearing breathing apparatus because of the thick smoke in the flat, tackled the fire and quickly brought it under control.

A third appliance from Drumnadrochit was mobilised also.

The outbreak at Kenneth Buildings off Kenneth Street, was confined to the ground floor flat.

Neighbour Campbell Stewart (77) who lives in Flat 1, said: "We were allowed back in last night which was good. The place still smells of smoke, but at least with the good weather we can have the doors and windows open to help get rid of it."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said on Tuesday: "Enquiries are ongoing."


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