An investigation has been launched after a woman died and a man was injured in a house fire.
Police, ambulance and fire crews were all called to the farmhouse near Anguston Road, near Peterculter, to deal with the blaze at 3.20pm.
More than 20 firefighters in four appliances battled the blaze for more than an hour, but the woman could not be saved. A man who was rescued from the property suffered minor injuries.
A water carrier and incident support vehicle were also sent to the scene, with the fire extinguished shortly before 5pm. The roof was extensively damaged in the fire.
A joint investigation has been launched this morning between the fire service and Police Scotland to determine the cause of the incident.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “I can confirm we are carrying out an investigation following a fire at a rural property near Aberdeen in which a female has sadly died.
“Despite the best efforts of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the woman sadly died at the scene.
“Another man who had to be assisted from the property sustained minor injuries.
“Inquiries involving both police and the fire service are ongoing and at an early stage.”
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Councillor Tauqeer Malik, who represents Lower Deeside, said: “It is unbelievably sad that someone has lost their life in a fire. My thoughts go to the family of all those involved.”
Fellow ward councillor Marie Boulton said: “I don’t know the full extent of the fire at the moment, but anything that leads to a loss of life is really sad.”
“It is a tragic incident and my thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved.”
Meanwhile, a fire service spokeswoman said: “We received the call at 3.15pm for the report of a dwelling fire. It was a single-storey property with the fire well alight when our crews arrived. We had four appliances, a water carrier and incident report vehicle called to the scene.
“Our crews used two hose reel jets to help extinguish the fire and six breathing apparatus were also in use.
“The stop message came in at 4.49pm but our crews remained until 10.30pm at the scene dampening down hotspots.”