One person dies in Lerwick house fire

Burns Lane cordoned off on Sunday morning. Photo: Shetland News

POLICE have confirmed that one person – believed to be a man – has died in a house fire in Lerwick in the early hours of Sunday.

Emergency services were called to the blaze in a two-storey dwelling house in Burns Lane just before midnight.

It took fire crews from Lerwick, Brae, Sandwick and Bixter three hours to get the fire under control. They used two hose reel jets and four sets of breathing apparatus to tackle the blaze.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SRFS) said the fire was out at just before 3am.

One person, believed to be a woman, has been taken to hospital.

Photos published on social media show the historic town centre of Lerwick engulfed in smoke.

The scene of the fire is now cordoned off by police tape while an investigation onto what caused the fire is under way.

Specialist investigators from Police Scotland and the SRFS are on their way to Shetland.