Aberdeen residents have been left homeless after a blaze tore through a tenement roof space today.
Emergency services were called to the scene on Victoria Road, in Torry, just after 7.30am.
Around 20 firefighters battled the “well-developed” fire which was put out by 9am.
No one was injured in the incident but a Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said Aberdeen City Council had been contacted as some residents will need to be rehomed following the incident.
A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Operations control mobilised four fire engines and an aerial appliance to the four-storey building on Victoria Road, Torry.
“Crews carried out a full search of the building and ensured all persons were safely accounted for.
“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the flames and crews will remain in attendance until the area is made safe.
“A joint investigation between SFRS and Police Scotland will take place in due course.
“We received a stop call at 8.56am.”
Alexander Mearns was working nearby when he noticed the fire and called emergency services.
He said: “I was working when all of a sudden I smelled smoke and saw the fire.
“It was quite bad. I contacted the police.”
The Aberdeen City Council worker added: “It’s the first time I’ve seen anything like this when working.”
Roads around the building were closed while crews dealt with the fire.
Sergeant Elaine Ross said: “We don’t know fully what happened, there will be an investigation just establishing what the circumstances are.
“We will be working with the fire service.”
She also said checks had been carried out at the flats.
The Scottish Ambulance Service said it had been called to the scene but no one had needed medical treatment.
A spokeswoman said: “We dispatched one ambulance and our special operations response team to the scene.
“No patients required transport to hospital.”
A number of bus services in the area were also forced to change their routes due to the incident.
Area councillor Catriona Mackenzie said: “I am so grateful that no one was injured, but I’m sure folk will be incredibly shaken up by what happened.
“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has been excellent and I thank them for working hard to get the fire under control.
“The council must act right now to ensure anyone who needs rehomed because of damage is found somewhere suitable immediately, and support folk at this difficult time.”
Aberdeen City Council said it was providing assistance to those affected.