Firefighters have joined an investigation into the death of a pensioner who fell down stairs at Aberdeen Market after gaining access to a fire exit.
Frank Finnie left his home in Sheddocksley on June 7 and went to Aberdeen Indoor Market, where he died the same day, according to CCTV images.
With the probe into the 80-year-old’s death now entering its fourth week, investigations are centering on how his body was allowed to lay undiscovered for two days.
Mr Finnie’s death certificate stated he suffered head and neck injuries due to a fall down the stairs. His son, Keith Finnie, 44, of Kingswells, said: “Police have told me statements are being taken.
“What we need to know is: was the door alarmed? Did anyone check if the alarm sounded?
“Why did nobody routinely check the fire door each day?”
The market is owned by Rockspring, whose spokesman said Groupe Geraud, which manages the market, is running the investigation, along with police and Aberdeen City Council health and safety staff.
A Groupe Geraud spokeswoman said: “We are investigating and are working alongside the authorities to investigate.
“At this point, it would be inappropriate to comment further while the police and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service investigate the matter.”
An SFRS spokesman said: “We are currently collecting information relating to this incident.”
The market’s duty holder is responsible for ensuring fire exits are maintained.
SFRS is the enforcing authority, which ensures organisations are complying with fire safety measures under safety legislation.
More than 100 people attended Mr Finnie’s funeral on June 22.
Friends, who knew him affectionately as Frankie, have described him as an outgoing character who would buy drinks for pals at his local pub, the Three Lums in Sheddocksley.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesperson said: “The council’s environmental health team is the enforcing authority for health and safety within Aberdeen Indoor Market.
“We are investigating the circumstances regarding this fatality to ascertain if any breach of health and safety legislation occurred.
“It would be inappropriate to comment further while our investigation is ongoing.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Inquiries are ongoing.”