In October, 12 properties were evacuated after a fire took hold of a block of flats.

The alarm was raised just after 7pm on Monday, October 23 but thankfully no-one was injured in the incident.

Both Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene. A rest centre was temporarily set up at Lochgelly Town Hall for those affected by the fire. Both services remained at the scene the following morning.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said at the time: “We were made aware of a building on fire at Francis Street in Lochgelly shortly after 7.20pm on Monday, October 23.

“Some residents were evacuated and no one was injured.”

Since the fire, the Francis Street flats have been demolished and efforts took place to salvage some sentimental items and alternative accommodation has been found for the residents who were forced to leave their homes.

Structural and water damage caused by the fire meant the flats were deemed necessary for demolition.

On Sunday, December 3, a fundraiser was also held for those affected by the fire by the West End Bar. The event consisted of singers, karaoke, and the chance to buy raffle tickets. Performers included Joe Yates, Ryan McGuinness, Jimmy Jack, and Alison Halliday. 

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