COUNCILLORS have expressed their "support and sympathy" for the people in Lochgelly who lost their homes in last month's fire.

The Cowdenbeath area committee also thanked all those who rallied to help after the block of flats in Francis Street went up in flames.

A man and woman have appeared in court in connection with the fire, and have been charged with attempted murder and wilful fire-raising, as well as theft and threatening or abusive behaviour.

At last week's meeting, Cllr Alex Campbell said: "As convener of Cowdenbeath area committee I would like to make a statement on behalf of all councillors to express our support and sympathy to the victims of the devastating fire in Lochgelly on Monday October 23 which destroyed 12 family homes.

Central Fife Times: Convener of the Cowdenbeath area committee, Councillor Alex Campbell. Convener of the Cowdenbeath area committee, Councillor Alex Campbell. (Image: Fife Council)

"This area committee wants to put on record their appreciation of all the efforts of the fire crews from across Fife and Dundee in their attempts to bring the fire under control, to the police and Fife Council staff who worked with the victims of the fire to support and ensure they were provided with alternative accommodation.

"And the Salvation Army who provided emergency support for the uniformed staff."

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He continued: "I would also like to mention the work undertaken by councillors (Linda) Erskine, (Mary) Lockhart and (Judy) Hamilton who were on the scene within minutes of the fire starting, opening the town hall as a reception centre and continuing to support the victims with emotional and practical issues since then.

"Homes are being made available to all victims and we have to thank the housing services team for their diligence in carrying out this work.

"Finally, to the local people who have rallied round and offered donations, practical and financial support to those who suffered as a result of the fire.

"By saying this folks it makes me proud to be part of the Cowdenbeath community and a Fifer.

"We wish all of those people the best way forward and we're all here to support them."