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Inquiries continuing after “suspicious” fire in derelict Aberdeenshire building

Monday March 23rd 2020 at 11:08 AM

Inquiries are continuing after a “suspicious” fire in a derelict building in an Aberdeenshire town over the weekend. 

Emergency services were called to the blaze in Commercial Street in Macduff at around 2.45pm on Sunday, 22 March. 

Nobody was injured.

Police and fire service personnel have launched a joint investigation in order to establish the full circumstances of the fire, which is being treated as suspicious. 

Detective Sergeant Gavin Fleming of Aberdeenshire CID said: “Firstly I would like the thank members of the public for their patience and assistance so far and also to ask people to stay away from the area for now to allow emergency services and engineers to carry out the required work at the scene.

“I’d like to speak to anyone who may have been in the Commercial Street area of Macduff around 2.45 pm on Sunday, 22 March and may have witnessed suspicious activity.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland via 101 and quote incident number 1723 of 22 March 2020.“

Alternatively, information can be passed via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.

David Duguid, Scottish Conservative MP for Banff and Buchan, said: “Our local fire crews deserve huge credit for getting this blaze under control and making sure that it did not spread to nearby flats.

“The pictures that were circulating on social media yesterday afternoon were shocking and I am relieved to hear that no-one was hurt.

“I expect that investigations into the cause of the fire will begin quickly if the building is deemed safe enough to enter, but the damage looks to be extensive.

“There have been reports of anti-social behaviour and youths gaining access to the property recently. If this was a deliberate act, then those responsible must be held to account.”

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