INVERKEITHING'S derelict paper mill suffered its second major blaze in a year when it went up in smoke again last night (Thursday).

Firefighters rushed to Caldwell's Paper Mill in Ballast Bank after receiving the call-out at 9.55pm, with a total of eight fire engines, including three from Dunfermline, attending.

The building was "well alight" when fire crews arrived on the scene but the flames were finally put out at 11.30pm.

Firefighters then continued to dampen down the site for the next hour, until 12.40am.

The ambulance service was also called out but there were no casualties.

Fife police are investigating the incident and said they were dealing with it as a deliberate fire-raising.

Local community inspector Gary Day added, "Given the level of existing damage to the premises, it is not safe for the public to enter and there may be material within the building that would be unsafe to those who trespass.

"I would appeal to any person with information regarding this fire to contact Fife Police on 0845 600 5702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where all calls are treated anonymously." In June last year, a raging fire tore through the paper mill (pictured), creating a massive flash-over and causing significant structural damage, resulting in large sections of the building being pulled down by Fife Council contractors.

The mill was originally built in 1914 but closed in 2003 with a loss of 150 jobs.