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An elderly woman has died following a house fire in South Uist.

 

The casualty - said to be in her 80s - lived alone in Garrynamoine in the south end of the island.

 

Fire crews from Lochboisdale and Benbecula were summoned to the blaze when the alarm was raised just after 11.05am this morning.

 

Firefighters wore breathing sets because of the thick smoke inside the property.

 

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police can confirm that a woman, the only resident within the property, has sadly died as a result of the fire.

 

He said next of kin have been informed.

 

 

 

 

Island woman dies in fire

10 February 2017