Blaze at Melville House

The fire at Melville House, by Letham.
The fire at Melville House, by Letham.

THERE were dramatic scenes in the Howe of Fife yesterday (Thursday) when a blaze broke out at historic Melville House in Monimail.

Firefighters were called to the 17th-century mansion just after 4pm and found the building well alight.

Appliances from Cupar, Newburgh, Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy attended and had the blaze under control by 5.50pm.

The last appliance left the scene at 10.30pm.

No-one was hurt in the fire, which is understood to have started in an annexe used as a gym.

Built between 1697 and 1699 for the first Earl of Meville, the house has 11 bedrooms, seven reception rooms, stables, a cricket pitch and a tennis court.

It was requisitioned by the army and used as a hospital during the Second World War before being turned into a private school for children with special needs.

A few years ago it became Scotland’s most expensive repossession when it failed to meet the then-owner’s £4.5 million asking price.

It was then bought for a knock-down fee in 2009 by a Mr and Mrs Harvey.