Around 50 firefighters, along with police and ambulance units worked on a fire-hit Aberdeen restaurant until after midnight.
Amarone, an Italian restaurant on Aberdeen’s Union Street, caught fire yesterday at 10.30am.
Fire crews were called to the blaze, which at its height required nine pump appliances and numerous support staff to tackle.
The blaze was extinguished just after 4pm, but crews remained on scene for another eight hours, leaving just after 12.30am today, to make the area safe.
Sections of Union Street, Bon Accord Street and Crown Street, as well as Langstane Place were closed, with people in neighbouring properties evacuated.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service then returned to the scene at 3am and 8am to carry out inspections.
A spokesman for the fire service said: “Crews left the scene at 12.33am this morning, but returned to carry out inspections at 3am and 8am, to ensure that there were no hot spots still on scene.”
The spokesman could not say for sure if there was to be an investigation into the cause of the fire.
Police yesterday indicated that the fire may have originated from a tumble dryer in the basement.