HORRIFIED onlookers have told how they saw a man plunge to his death from a third-floor flat in Cupar’s Crossgate on Wednesday morning.
The man, named as William (Billy) Fleming, had been holding on to the wire for the Christmas lights above children’s clothing store Funky Rascal when he fell around 9am.
A number of people who were on their way to work at the time have described how they saw Mr Fleming (36) on the windowsill of the flat before he took hold of the wire.
People inside the flat were heard calling on him to come back inside, but he was then seen plunging to the pavement below.
Emergency services were on the scene within minutes, but Mr Fleming – who is believed to have sustained fatal head injuries – died on his way to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.
It is understood he lived in Orchardgate and was the father of a small child.
Two members of staff at Spoiled hairdressing were amongst the first to see how serious the incident was and called for an ambulance.
Graeme Black, owner of Funky Fascal, said he had been approaching his shop when he saw the man on the pavement and a commotion going on around him.
“The paramedics were attending to the man so I waited until they had him in the ambulance before I went into my shop,” he said.
“They must have treated him in the ambulance for about 15 minutes before it left for the hospital.
“Some of the people who were in the flat and some other friends assembled outside, and they seemed really shocked and upset.”
Mr Black said a blanket and cushion were placed over the spot where Mr Fleming hit the ground.
“The police were interviewing witnesses for some time before the area was cordoned off and the scenes of crime photographer came about 4.45pm just as it was getting dark.
“I felt really shocked and a bit spooked all day; it’s such a terrible thing to have happened.”
Fife Police have confirmed they are not treating the incident as suspicious and have asked witnesses to come forward.
A spokesman said: “We are appealing for anyone who was either in the Cupar town centre area who may have witnessed any part of this incident, or have any information which may assist our enquiries, to call us on 0845 600 5702.”
A report was submitted to the procurator fiscal in Cupar yesterday (Thursday).