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Resident dies after suspicious fire at flat

The ‘substantial’ blaze broke out in a property in Perth.

A resident has died after a fire in a flat, which police are treating as suspicious.

Emergency services were called to the property in St Catherine’s Square in Perth at around 9.45pm on Sunday.

Two appliances attended the incident, with a spokesman for the force describing the blaze as “substantial”.

People were evacuated from the building and one man was treated by paramedics at the scene but died.

A Police Scotland spokesman said inquiries are ongoing.

Detective Inspector Gavin McKinlay said:  “A joint investigation with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is currently ongoing but I can however confirm that the fire is being treated as suspicious.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area of St Catherine’s Square in Perth just before 10pm yesterday evening and saw anyone acting suspiciously to get in touch with police.”

No-one else was injured.

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