The woman who died following a fire in Kirkcaldy this morning has been named by police as Teresa MacTavish.
The emergency services were called out to a ground floor flat in the town’s Kinninmonth Street after a call to the fire service shortly before 2.00 a.m.
Three appliances, two from Kirkcaldy and one from Burntisland, attended and, after forcing entry to the premises, found it heavily smoke-logged.
The 67-year-old was found within the property and pronounced dead at the scene.
Shocked neighbours in Kinninmonth Street in the Linktown area, have 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.
And 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” and 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.”
The lady, who did not wish to be named, added: “She was a lovely lady. I didn’t know here very well, but she would always say hello. Her family came to visit her, but I think she just lived alone.”
As the Press spoke to neighbours, a fire investigation team was on the scene and the side door entrance to the four in a block ground floor flat was cordoned-off by police tape.
Another neighbour, Helen Watson, said she had been woken by the noise of the fire engines.
“It is so sad. 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.”
Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus forced entry into the heavily smoke logged property, and crews extinguished the fire with two hose reel jets.
A spokesman said: “Firefighters rescued one female casualty from the property and, along with paramedics, provided her with emergency first aid. Tragically, despite everyone’s efforts, she sadly passed away at the scene.
“Fire Investigation Officers have commenced an investigation into establishing the cause of the blaze and are working closely with Police Scotland.”
Group Manager Alex Smart said: “The loss of life through fire in the home is utterly devastating and the thoughts of everyone are with those involved in this tragedy.
“This 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.
“SFRS crews routinely conduct free home fire safety visits to help householders identify risks and take the simple steps needed to reduce the chance of fires.
“If you or someone you know may be at risk from fire please get in touch and arrange a FREE home fire safety visit with local firefighters by calling 0800 0731 999, text ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or visit www.firescotland.gov.uk .”
Enquiries into the incident are continuing, however there appear to be no suspicious circumstances.