Firefighters were called out to battle a blaze which began on Wednesday and which destroyed a cottage near Kirriemuir.
Four fire crews and a specialist support unit were called to Chapelton Farm when residents returned from a walk to find the house on fire.
The building was “50 per cent destroyed” after flames burst through the roof, and crews remained in place for hours cutting away timbers and damping down.
No-one was injured in the blaze.
The alarm was raised shortly after 6 p.m. when the occupants returned home to find a fire had broken out in the kitchen.
Two appliances from nearby Kirriemuir and two from Forfar were joined by a specialist breathing apparatus support unit from Dundee, with a total of 25 firefighters on hand.
Two hose jets were used to extinguish the flames, with crews ferrying water from a nearby burn.
Mark Crush, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s local risk manager for Dundee West, said the building had been badly damaged and about 50 per cent of the property was destroyed. The building is down a farm track and the fire had had a chance to develop.