FIREFIGHTERS were called to a fire at the dilapidated Hotel Roma in Halbeath on Friday afternoon.

No-one was injured in the blaze, which happened just after 2pm.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were alerted at 2.04pm on Friday, March 13, to reports of a fire within a derelict building near Dunfermline.

“Operations Control mobilised two appliances to Halbeath’s Main Street, where firefighters were met by a fire within a two-storey building.

“Firefighters extinguished the fire and made the area safe before leaving the scene.

“There were no casualties.”

Residents have long voiced concerns about the safety of the derelict building since the restaurant closed in November 2006 following a fire.

In February 2018, local Mark Sherry told the Press that the former pub had contributed to the area looking like an "eyesore".

There were reports that kids were risking injury after getting into the dilapidated building.

In January, the Press reported that the former hotel was set to be demolished after years of neglect. A building warrant was lodged in late December to knock down the premises.

Last week, we reported on plans for a new retail development, including a Burger King and a Costa Coffee, on a 1.6-acre site including the old hotel.