An Aberdeen bakery has been forced to close after a fire.
The Bread Maker, on Rosemount Viaduct, is expected to be closed “for the next few days”, according to staff.
A blaze broke out in an electrical panel inside the bakery at about 4am, with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) being called at 4.12am.
A spokeswoman from SFRS said: “We received a call at 4.12am about a fire in an electricity panel on Rosemount Viaduct.”
The fire had been extinguished by 5.30am. However fire appliances remained on scene to ensure power was removed from the panel.
Karen Bain, the development manager for the Bread Maker, said: “It was an electrical fire, and we’ve been in to clean up, but we hope to be up and running in the next few days. It’s not overly damaged, so it should be all right.”
The Bread Maker, a social enterprise, supplies many of the city’s favourite eateries – including Upperkrust on Upperkirkgate and Melt on Holburn Street.
The bakery will be unable to meet their orders while getting the shop back in order.
Karen said: “We’ve got a lot of people that we supply, and we’re trying our best to meet that demand, but obviously people aren’t going to get as many orders, and our client group isn’t going to have anywhere to go for the next day or two, which is obviously upsetting for them. Hopefully it should be resolved this week.”
Karen said that other bakeries from around the city have helped out, stepping in to fulfil some of the Bread Maker’s orders.
She added: “They’ve been really helpful.”
Jackie Wilson, the co-owner of Upperkrust, said: “We didn’t get a delivery today. Nobody was hurt, which is the main thing.
“Our customers had to get different products, so we had to reduce prices a bit.”
Jackie was keen to point out that they try to support local business, indicating they would not leave the Bread Maker.
She said: “We’re loyal, and we like to support local business when we can, we’ve placed an order with someone else for tomorrow, but as soon as they’re up and running, we’ll be back.”
Mechelle Clark, the owner of Melt, said: “Luckily they had already made our order for tomorrow.
“It’s left us questioning our back-up plan for things like this.
“It’s terrible news. We’ve been with the Bread Maker for two-and-a-half years.
“We really wouldn’t like to leave them, but it’s forced me to think about a back-up plan if they’re out of action for a while.”