NEWSLINE MEDIA LIMITED
A family had a lucky escape after a fire tore through their flat killing five of their pets at the weekend.
The residents waded through thick black smoke as they tried to get their beloved animals to safety after the blaze broke out on Saturday.
But they were beaten back by ferocious flames at the tenement block in Aberdeen and had to give up their attempts to save them.
The devastated parents and their two teenage daughters stood outside and watched on helplessly as firefighters tackled the blaze.
Three people stranded on a second-floor balcony of the Oldtown Terrace property were rescued by firemen using a ladder.
The fire was brought under control within half an hour, but the animals - a dog, three cats and a hamster - had all died inside.
Pic of the fire at Old Town Terrace, Aberdeen
Photo: Newsline Scotland