Two teenagers have appeared in court accused of starting a fire which led to properties in a Moray town being evacuated.
A 62-year-old woman became ill and later died in hospital after being led from her home when the blaze broke out in Keith.
Yesterday, Rory Gray and Cameron Taylor, both aged 18, appeared in private on petition at Elgin Sheriff Court accused of willful fireraising.
Neither made any plea and they were both released on bail.
They will appear in court again at a later date.
The pair were detained by police investigating a blaze in wheelie bins in Keith’s Coopers Lane West at its junction with Mid Street in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Frances Smith was one of several residents of nearby flats who were evacuated by the emergency services.
The 62-year-old collapsed while being led away from her home.
She was taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin but died later.
Yesterday, workers from Scotland Gas Networks were repairing damage caused by the fire.
Several businesses in Mid Street, including Cafe La Jems, have been closed since the incident
Others which reopened yesterday reported being temporarily without electricity during Saturday.
A police spokesman said: “We can confirm that during the evacuation of residential flats in Mid Street during the incident, a 62-year-old female became unwell and later died in hospital.
“The death is being treated as unexplained and inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”