Probe into blaze tragedy

The block of flats in Kinninmonth Street Kirkcaldy where a lady died in a house fire.
The block of flats in Kinninmonth Street Kirkcaldy where a lady died in a house fire.

An elderly woman has died following a fire at a flat in Kirkcaldy early last Thursday morning.

An investigation is now under way to determine the cause of the blaze which claimed the life of Teresa MacTavish (67) in the ground floor flat at Kinninmonth Street.

She was a nice neighbour and didn’t bother anyone

Helen Watson

Emergency services were called out shortly before 2.00 a.m.

Three appliances, two from Kirkcaldy and one from Burntisland, tackled the fire after forcing entry to the premises which were heavily smoke-logged when they arrived.

And neighbours in the quiet street told how a nearby resident had tried to waken the occupant by banging on the door when he spotted the smoke.

Firefighters discovered the woman within the flat.

Paramedics fought to save her, but she was declared dead at the scene.

Shocked neighbours in the Linktown street expressed their sadness at her passing.

Describing her as “lovely” and “a wee character” the residents said she was well-known for her love of animals and regularly fed the neighbourhood cats and dogs.

One woman told the Press that another neighbour had tried in vain to rescue the occupant before the fire service arrived on the scene around 2.00 a.m.

“I was woken by a man shouting “get up, get up”.

‘‘There was hammering on the door, then the next minute there were lots of flashing lights and the fire engines and police arrived.

‘‘All I could see was smoke coming from the door.”

Another neighbour, Helen Watson, said she had been woken by the noise of the fire engines.

“It is so sad,’’ she said.

’’She used to feed my cat and dog and they would always go running to her.

‘‘She also fed a lot of others in the area and put out saucers of food for them.

“I have lived here since 2004 and she was here then. She was a nice neighbour and didn’t bother anyone.”

A fire service spokesman said: “Fire investigation officers have commenced an investigation into establishing the cause of the blaze and are working closely with Police Scotland.”