Police name 83-year-old man killed in South Uist fire

February 17 2017, 11.07amUpdated: February 17 2017, 2.27pm
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An elderly man who died in a house fire on South Uist has been named as police continue to investigate the cause of the blaze.

William Hanks, 83, was found by firefighters in the property in Kildonan at about 5.40pm on Wednesday.

Police and fire officers are to investigate the scene of the blaze on Friday.

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 Hanks’ family at this difficult time.”

The death comes less than a week after a woman died in another house fire on the island.

Emergency services were called to the property in the Garrynamonie area on February 10 where a woman died.

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