Pensioner dies in Neuk cottage blaze

The women died in the cottage fire on Saturday morning
The women died in the cottage fire on Saturday morning

An elderly woman has died in a farm cottage fire on Saturday morning at a caravan park in the East Neuk .

Catherine Walkinshaw, who was in her early 80s, lost her life in the blaze at Kilrenny Mill Caravan Park.

Six Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) engines, with support vehicles, were sent to the nearby cottage around 6.30 a.m.

The crews, from Anstruther, St Monans and St Andrews, arrived to find a “well-developed” fire within the premises.

The blaze was so severe that additional resources were immediately requested by the incident commander, who had arrived from Cupar.

At the height of the blaze, over 35 firefighters were on the scene.

They found Mrs Walkinshaw’s body during a search of the property, while her husband Archie was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

SFRS crews were assisted by Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service and Fife Council, while fire investigation officers and Police Scotland began an investigation to try to establish the cause of the fire.

Witnesses were reportedly aware that Mrs Walkinshaw was still inside the property but thick smoke had spread quickly and made it impossible for them to enter.

An SFRS spokesman commented: “The tragic loss of life must always bring home the importance of working together to prevent fires and raise awareness of how to be safer from the risk of fire in the home.”

Kilrenny Mill Caravan Park has over 80 pitches on Fife’s coastal path at Cellardyke.