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An 83 year-old man who died in a house fire in South Uist has been named.


William Hanks was within the property when emergency services were alerted to the incident at around 5.40pm on Wednesday.


He was taken from the building but had died.


A young couple who 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.


It is understood the roof was threatening to cave in, adding to the potential danger faced by firefighters.


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


The cause of the fire is still a mystery.


It was too dangerous to enter the property so fire investigators have had to wait to commence an assessment of the house.


Detective Inspector Richard Baird said: "Enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances and a comprehensive examination of the scene by specialists from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland is taking place today after work was carried out to ensure the building is safe to enter."

"I would like to thank the local community for their patience while emergency services attended this tragic incident.”

"Our thoughts are with Mr Hank's family at this difficult time.”


Man who died in South Uist house fire is named

17 February 2017