Published: 10/12/2012 16:18 - Updated: 10/12/2012 16:28

Investigations continue into Elgin blaze

The remains of a central Elgin property, devastated by fire.
The remains of a central Elgin property, devastated by fire.

INVESTIGATIONS are ongoing into a blaze which struck a property in central Elgin late on Saturday night.

A former joiner’s workshop, located behind Jimmy Chung’s restaurant on Greyfriars Street, was razed to the ground in the fire, which broke out at 11.35pm.

Firefighters fought for nearly seven hours to control the blaze, with residents on Greyfriars Street and Abbey Street evacuated amid fears the timber-framed building contained gas canisters and could explode.

The fire was extinguished at 6.40am, by when all but one household had been allowed to return home.

A spokesperson for Grampian Police confirmed no-one was injured in the blaze.

"The cause of the fire is yet to be established and a joint fire and police investigation is ongoing. Any person who may have been in the area at the time of the fire is asked to contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5700," the spokesperson said.

For eyewitness reports and pictures, see this week’s ‘Scot’.

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