Blaze at cafe being treated by police as suspicious

FROM THE EVENING EXPRESS 21/08/2015

TARTSNCRAFTSA fire which broke out at a former North-east cafe is today being treated as suspicious.

Police have confirmed they are investigating the blaze which took hold of the former community cafe, Tarts and Crafts, on Eigie Road, Balmedie, last night.

Four fire engines from Aberdeen and Ellon raced to the scene after the alarm was raised at 11.15pm. It took 19 firefighters to extinguish the blaze and the incident was over by 12.20am.

The fire has burned away the majority of the roof and left the building badly damaged. Last night’s blaze was the second within a month at the old cafe premises – fire crews were also called to the Eigie Road site behind Balmedie Library on July 23.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “We had four units at the scene, the call came in around 11.15pm.

“We sent two from Aberdeen Central, one from North Anderson Drive and one from Ellon. In total 19 firefighters were on the scene, but no specialist equipment was needed.

Police Scotland also attended the incident to support their fire colleagues. A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We were made aware of the fire by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. It’s going to be looked into. The fire could have been caused by any number things. Currently there is no indication that a joint investigation with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will take place at this time, but this is speculative and could change.”

Tarts and Crafts, a community cafe and craft gallery staffed by volunteers, closed on July 18 after 11 years in business.

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