A pensioner lost her life in a tragic fire in Crossmichael on Monday morning.

The 91-year-old died after the blaze at her house in Main Street, which started in the early hours of the morning.

Three fire engines were rushed to the scene and put out the flames but were unable to save the woman’s life.

A police spokesman said: “Emergency services were called to the report of a house fire in Main Street in Crossmichael at around 4am on Monday morning.

“The fire was extinguished by the Fire and Rescue Service.

“The sole occupant of the house, a 91-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Enquiries into the cause of the fire are ongoing and a full report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.”

Motorists were being advised to avoid the A713 through the village while the emergency services respond to the incident.

A Scottish Fire Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 3.52am on Monday, January 25, to reports of a dwelling fire on Main Street, Crossmichael, Dumfries and Galloway.

“Operations control mobilised three appliances and three responding fire officers. Our local crews worked to contain and extinguish the fire.

“Sadly, an elderly woman passed away at the scene.

“Our thoughts are very much with her family, friends and the wider community at this difficult time.”