Police investigating Macduff fire
A joint investigation has been launched by police and fire service into a huge blaze in Macduff.
The fire took hold in a derelict property in the town's Commercial Street on Sunday afternoon.
Enquiries are now under way to establish the full circumstances of the blaze, which is being treated as suspicious.
Fire crews and emergency services were called to the scene at about 2.45pm and were there for hours to bring it under control. Nobody was injured as a result of the incident.
Detective Sergeant Gavin Fleming of Aberdeenshire CID said: "Firstly I would like the thank members of the public for their patience and assistance so far and also to ask people to stay away from the area for now to allow emergency services and engineers to carry out the required work at the scene.
"I’d like to speak to anyone who may have been in the Commercial Street area of Macduff around 2.45pm on Sunday, March 22, and may have witnessed suspicious activity.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland via 101 and quote incident number 1723 of March 22, 2020.“
Alternatively, information can be passed via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 for people who wish to remain anonymous.