Looking back: Aftermath of CEFCO fire in May 1975

Demolition workers try to crack open the safe.
Demolition workers try to crack open the safe.
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Demolition workers try to crack open a safe, one of the few remaining remnants of a massive fire which gutted the CEFCO department store on Kirkcaldy High Street.

The blaze, at what was one of Fife’s biggest stores, happened during lunchtime on April 10 when the store was closed and no-one was inside.

Hundreds of shoppers and staff from other stores were evacuated as fire crews from across Fife rushed to the scene to tackle the fire and the entire High Street was closed to traffic.

The damage was estimated to have cost around £1m.

It happened just months after the Odeon Cinema just a few hundred yards away was also destroyed by fire.