Fire rips through historic home

0311044 SSHC kilmany fire 'fire damaged house at Kilmany with no roof
0311044 SSHC kilmany fire 'fire damaged house at Kilmany with no roof
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A DEVASTATING fire this week reduced a Kilmany minister’s historic home to a burnt-out shell.

Firefighters rushed to Loaning Hill House at 5am on Wednesday to find the C-listed building ‘well alight’.

0311046 SSHC kilmany fire 'fire damaged house at Kilmany with no roof

0311046 SSHC kilmany fire 'fire damaged house at Kilmany with no roof

The sole occupant at the time, Jean Weekes, was sleeping in an annexe and escaped unharmed, while her husband, retired minister Rev David Weekes, is understood to have been away overnight.

One local woman who witnessed the blaze said: “I only saw it quite late but it was terrible — the flames were way up high in the air.”

The blaze gutted the 18th century house and required the attention of five fire crews at its height — two from Cupar and one each from Tayport, St Andrews and Glenrothes – who remained at the scene until 1.30pm.

Standing next to Creich, Flisk and Kilmany church, Loaning Hill House was B-listed in 1973 and was recategorised as grade C in 2006.