A Cruden Bay resident has died in their home after a fire broke out in a bungalow on Sunday morning.
It is believed a woman known locally as Pat Bedford was alone in the Blackcraig Road house at the time of the blaze.
Police have launched an investigation into the cuase of the fire. A police spokesman said: “The emergency services were called to a residential property on Blackcraig Road, Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire, following a report of a fire there. Three Grampian Fire & Rescue appliances attended and extinguished the fire. One person was pronounced dead at the scene.”
It is understood a neighbour tried to save the woman from the fire. The man, thought to be Alex Gibb, was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment as a precautionary measure but was released soon after.
Brave father-of-two Alex, is believed to have smashed open a window at the property with a plant pot and crawled along the floor looking for his neighbour.
Emergency services were called to the house just before 11am.
It is understood that Mrs Bedford had lived at the property for about six years and had a young daughter who was not present at the time of the incident.
Joiners have now boarded up broken windows and padlocked the front doors. The house has been badly damaged inside and the walls of the house are blackened with smoke.
A cat was rescued from the scene and needed to be resuscitated. It is understood that the cat is being looked after by the Scottish SPCA.