Two women have died and a baby has been taken to hospital after a fire at a flat in Aberdeen.
At around 6pm on Monday, officers were called to a report of a blaze on Back Hilton Road.
Emergency services attended and two women were pronounced dead at the scene.
A baby was taken to hospital as a precaution and was later discharged.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that a further four casualties were rescued and treated by the Scottish Ambulance Service.
The fire was put out by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution.
The road was closed but has now re-opened.
A joint investigation between Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is ongoing to establish the full circumstances. However, police said there are no apparent suspicious circumstances at this time.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Area Commander Andrew Wright is the Local Senior Officer for Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray. He said: “We were alerted at 5.58pm on Monday, January 29, to reports of a dwelling fire on Back Hilton Road, Aberdeen.
“Operations Control mobilised seven fire appliances and specialist resources to the scene, where firefighters extinguished a fire affecting the first floor of a block of flats. Nearby properties were also evacuated as a precaution.
“Sadly, two people passed away at the scene. A further five casualties were rescued and treated by the Scottish Ambulance Service. Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this incident at this difficult time.
“Our crews demonstrated unwavering dedication and professionalism as they dealt with an extremely challenging incident in collaboration with the Scottish Ambulance Service and Police Scotland colleagues. Crews worked tirelessly to make the area safe before leaving the scene at 9.02pm.
“A joint investigation with Police Scotland is under way.”
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