Five Years On: Remembering Jimmy Chung’s fire that reshaped Aberdeen beachfront

It’s five years to the day that flames tore through Jimmy Chung’s restaurant on Aberdeen’s beach esplanade.

It took more than 70 firefighters around nine hours to get the blaze under control that started in the Chinese buffet and spread to three other properties.

Aberdeen City Council issued a demolition warrant at the end of April 2014 knocking down Jimmy Chung’s restaurant, Pier Bistro, The Captain’s Table and ADS Janitorial in the process.

Martin Vicca, manager of the neighbouring Inversnecky Cafe remembers fire as it ripped through the beach front businesses.

Speaking to the Press and Journal, he said: “My initial worry was it was actually the shop was on fire – from where I was I couldn’t tell if it was them (Jimmy Chung’s) or ourselves.

“I came back at around 2pm to discover that the fire had been doused by the road was still cut off.

“I was taken in by one of the firefighters to check on my property. At that point all power and gas had been cut off to the properties for safety.

“The road itself was closed to traffic for about a week, that had some effect but then a lot of people came down to see what was going on.

“Long term effect is that it removed two businesses from the front however about nine months we had a real mess of the fire damaged buildings sitting there. Even though it was behind screens and behind boarding it was still very obvious and quite unsightly.

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