A 71-year-old Inverness resident had to be evacuated from her home today after a fire broke out in the bedroom.
The pensioner was being looked after by carers at her semi-detached house on Glenurquhart Road when the blaze broke out shortly before 11am.
Two fire appliances from Inverness were dispatched to the scene following reports of a domestic dwelling fire on the A82 trunk road at 10.48am.
Firefighters entered the property wearing breathing apparatus and carrying hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze, which is understood to have generated thick black smoke throughout the property.
The female casualty is understood to have received medical attention by trained firefighters at the scene.
Inverness station commander Alex McKinley said an investigation will now be carried out in due course in an effort to establish the cause of the blaze.
He said: “Two appliances from Inverness station attended. Firefighters entered the building wearing breathing apparatus and carrying hose reel jets.
“They extinguished the fire and carried out some care to the occupant and an investigation will carry out into the cause of the fire.”
Police closed the road in both directions as fire crews continued to work at the scene.
The road was later reopened to single file traffic to help dispense the long tailback building up along the route.