Lundin Links Hotel fire: Major probe begins as blaze guts abandoned Fife hotel

A major investigation is underway after fire gutted a landmark former hotel in Fife on Thursday night.

The Lundin Links Hotel went up in flames, causing significant damage to the building.

Seven appliances raced to the scene shortly after 8:30pm – and remained at the scene on Friday morning.

Roads in and out of Lundin Links were sealed off at the height of the blaze, and some nearby residents evacuated.

The fire gutted the Lundin Links Hotel (PIc: Fife Jammer)

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A dozen people living in in Emsdorf Street were woken at at 3.30am, and asked to leave their homes. They were sent to the nearby Montrave Hall before contacting family and friends to take them in.

An eyewitness said: “You can hear parts of its collapsing and can see it spreading.”

The were no reports of any casualties.

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The once popular hotel closed its doors in 2014 and has since become an eyesore.

It has been the target for vandals on a number of occasions and had been boarded up and fenced off.

As recently as February locals raised concerns over the future of the building as no progress was made to convert it into flats.

Permission for the development was given seven years ago to Kapital Residential to demolish the striking building and transform the site.

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Work never started.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: "We were alerted at 8:36pm to reports of a fire at a derelict building on Leven Road at Lundin Links.

"Operation control mobilised seven appliances, two height vehicles and two specialist resources to the scene.

"There are no reports of causalities and crews currently remain at the scene.

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“The hotel is still on fire this morning. We currently have three pumps, two height appliances and one high-volume pump at the scene.

“The building is still ablaze with the high-volume pump currently in use.”