A FAMILY has been left homeless after fire ripped through their property in Aberdour.

Forensic investigations are ongoing but it's believed the blaze was caused by an electrical fault.

The fire tore through the two-storey house in St Fillans Crescent at around 8pm on October 30.

Fortunately, no-one was in the house at the time apart from the family dog, which was rescued by the Scottish Fire Service.

Around 20 firefighters tackled the incident but much of the house was destroyed.

Ian Fleming, chairman of Aberdour Community Council, told the Press: "What hasn't been hit by the fire has water damage.

"It's open to the elements as the roof has collapsed; it looks likely that it started there.

"This is a small community and many people know each other so it's a big shock.

"The couple affected do a lot for Aberdour and they will be supported through it all.

"There will a huge amount of disruption for them but at least everybody is safe."

The family did not wish to be named.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "We were alerted at 8.01pm on Wednesday, October 30, to reports of a house fire in Aberdour, Fife.

"Operations Control mobilised five fire appliances to the town’s St Fillans Crescent, where firefighters were met by a well-developed fire affecting the property’s roof.

"Crews extinguished the fire and helped remove one dog to safety before leaving the scene after making the area safe."