Major blaze at Kirkcaldy High Street store that was scene of cannabis raid

Police have sealed of parts of Kirkcaldy High Street as fire crews tackle a blaze in an empty store that was the scene of a major cannabis raid earlier this summer.

More than a dozen firefighters are at the scene after fire broke out in the former WH Smith store.

The same empty building was the scene of a £1m cannabis farm raid in May.

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High Street and the adjacent Hill Street - which is the focus of the emergency services efforts - are both closed off by police.

Fife crews tackle the blaze at the former WHSmith store in Kirkcaldy High Street (Pic: Fife Free Press)
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An ambulance also attended the scene.

The drama began around 7:30pm.

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Eyewitnesses say they saw youngsters running from the area shortly before smoke could be seen billowing from the back of the building.

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Flames were also seen on the roof and at one of the service doors on Hill Street.

A spokesman for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were at the scene and a statement would be issued later.

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The former WHSmith shop has been empty since it closed in February 2021.

It is understood it has since been sold at auction.

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In May this year, it was the scene of police activity as officers executed a search warrant, and uncovered cannabis with an estimated street value of £1m.

The building was subsequently boarded up, but the back door was kicked at the start of last week, and it was also wide open again this afternoon.