TENANTS displaced from their homes after a fire ripped through their block of flats in Lochgelly are being supported by Fife Council.

A total of 12 flats were evacuated after the blaze in the town's Francis Street last Monday evening.

Seven fire engines and two height vehicles tackled the fire which broke out at around 7pm.

A man and a woman appeared in court on Wednesday charged with wilful fire-raising and attempted murder after the fire at the four-storey building.

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Chloe Arnott, 30, and Jamie Morrison, 33, both of Glenrothes, appeared in private on petition at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

They both faced the same charges of threatening or abusive behaviour, theft, wilful fire raising to the danger of life and attempted murder.

They made no plea, were committed for further examination and both were remanded in custody until their next court appearance within the next eight days.

Fife Council service manager Greig Henderson said the council were continuing to help affected tenants.

"Following the emergency evacuation from the flats last week we have been supporting tenants through this difficult time," he said.

"Twelve flats were evacuated, eleven of which are council owned.

“We are talking to people about their individual needs, offering financial assistance, helping with crisis grant applications, and mobile phones if they were left behind.

"We’re also supporting households who are accommodating tenants to help people live as comfortably as possible until there is a long-term solution."

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Since the incident, local MSP Annabelle Ewing has praised the Scottish Fire and Rescue service and the local community for their response to the fire.

“Like many, it was with concern that I learned that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were tackling a fire in a flat in Lochgelly," she said.

“First and foremost, I was very relieved to hear that there were no fatalities or injuries, although it will, nevertheless, have been a very traumatic event for all those involved, particularly those who will have lost possessions and have had to find temporary accommodation with friends and family.

“I want to thank SFRS, the other emergency services, and Fife Council’s resilience teams, as well as the local community for the way in which they have responded."