An Aberdeen restaurant blaze which closed city centre streets and involved as many as 50 firefighters could have started in a tumble dryer, police said today.
Amarone, an Italian restaurant on Union Street, remained closed today following the basement blaze.
At its height, nine appliances from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were at the scene, along with support vehicles.
The emergency response also closed a section of Union Street from Crown Street to Bon Accord Street and Langstane Place for more than 12 hours.
A joint police and fire investigation has been launched into the incident, which started at around 10.30am on Saturday.
The flames were put out by 4.30pm but emergency services remained at the scene until after midnight.
Fire crews also returned to the restaurant at 3am and 8am yesterday to carry out further inspections and to ensure there were no hot spots at the scene.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “There’s nothing to suggest that the area is being treated as a crime scene and inquiries are still ongoing.
“It would appear to be a tumble dryer in the basement that’s caught fire.”
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A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service added: “A joint investigation is taking place with Police Scotland and there are no further updates at this time.”
A spokeswoman for the DiMaggio’s Restaurant Group, which owns the eatery, said: “Thankfully no one was injured in the fire, which broke out before opening time.
“We’d like to thank the emergency services for their response.
“We have a team in place ready to assess and repair the damage as soon as the fire service has completed its investigation into the source of the fire.
“In the meantime, we will endeavour to accommodate people who have made reservations at our sister restaurant Cafe Andaluz.”
Eyewitness Shaun Mulloy, 57, was watching as almost 50 firefighters arrived at the scene to tackle the blaze.
He said: “I’ve never seen that amount of fire engines.
“I’ve never seen that in my life and I’ve lived in Aberdeen all my life, nearly 60 years.
“You expect this down in London maybe, but not here.”
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