Kirkcaldy fire: Eyewitnesses speak of massive blaze at former high school

Six teams of firefighters race to scene

By Allan Crow & Debbie Clarke
Sunday, 16th August 2020, 11:10 am

A major fire has broken out at a former school in Kirkcaldy.

Emergency services are on the scene at the old Viewforth High School in Loughborough Road – and local residents have been warned to keep their windows closed.

The alert was raised earlier this evening and the thick smoke could be seen across the town – and as far away as Seafield.

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Kirkcaldy Police have said that Loughborough Road, between Aitken Street and Windmill Road is closed while firefighters tackle the blaze.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 7.28pm on Saturday, August 15 to reports that a fire had taken hold within a building. Operations Control has mobilised six fire appliances to Old Viewforth High School in Kirkcaldy and crews are presently working to contain and extinguish the fire.”

Local resident Nathan Bennett said: "I'd noticed our street was busier than usual with traffic, but didn't think anything of it until I saw the police. I went outside and the sky was filled with smoke, and walked around the corner to see a huge crowd of people watching the blaze, it was massive."

The former school has been hit by major fires several times.

Eyewitnesses spoke about the massive blaze as firefighters tackled the fire which broke out at the former Viewforth High School building. Pic: Ian Graham.

There were two earlier this year, and, in 2017, a major blaze broke out sending smoke billowing high across the town’s skyline.

More to follow.

Around 100 people gathered to watch the blaze. Pic: Lisa May Young
Fire crews are tackling the major fire which has broken out in the former Viewforth High building. Pic: Lisa May Young.
Smoke from the fire is visible across the waterfront in Kirkcaldy