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A house fire which claimed the life of an 83 year-old man is “not suspicious.”


William Hanks died when the blaze at his home in Kildonan, in the south end of South Uist broke out on Wednesday afternoon.


He was taken out of the house but pronounced dead at the scene.


A joint investigation by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police assessed there are no suspicious circumstances.  


A police spokesperson said: “Our thoughts continue to be with Mr Hanks' family at this tragic time.”


Mr Hank’s son and daughter-in-law - who also reside in the property - were not at home at the time.


Three fire crews from Benbecula and Lochboisdale fought the flames.




Four firefighters donned breathing sets to get closer to the blaze, using water jets to extinguish the fire.


Much of the property had collapsed with only one compartment left standing, said the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.


The risk of the rest of the badly damaged house caving in delayed investigations into the blaze.


A structural engineer was called in to assess the risk of the badly damaged house caving in.


Investigators only entered after work was carried out to ensure the building was safe to enter.


Fatal Uist house fire is “not suspicious”

19 February 2017