Sister of Presiding Officer dies in house fire

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The sister of Holyrood’s Presiding officer Tricia Marwick has been killed in a house fire.

Maureen Brown, who was 60, was killed after a blaze at her home in Husband Place, Dunfermline on Monday.

Mrs Brown, who recently lost her husband, lived alone at the home.  The couple had two adult children.

Ms Marwick said: “This is a devastating blow to our family.  It is particularly sad as Maureen’s husband died only very recently.

“We are immensely grateful for all the messages of support we have received from friends and neighbours.  Our family greatly appreciates now being given the time to grieve together in private.”