FIRE crews tackled a blaze which threatened the historic Physgill House on Friday and from which three people safely escaped.
At around 10.50am, fire crews were called to the scene where a well-developed first floor bedroom fire with smoke issuing from the windows was threatening to start spreading to the second floor of the property.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using hose reel jets worked for over an hour to bring the fire under control and were on scene for about four hours checking for hot spots and making the property safe.
Two bedrooms, one on the first floor and one on the second floor, were completely destroyed by fire with the rest of the first and second floors damaged by smoke.
After an investigation, the fire was found to have been caused by an electrical appliance which overheated.
Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service offer free Home Fire Safety Checks to anyone who may have concerns over the safety oftheir homes and a 10-year battery smoke alarm will be provided free of charge.
For further information contact a Community Safety Officer on 01387 252222.