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Fire crews tackle at Inverness city centre blaze

Inverness fire Image copyright Paul Campbell
Image caption The building on Academy Street is one of the oldest in the city centre

Firefighters have tackled a blaze in Inverness city centre, that first began on Wednesday night.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were still dealing with "hotspots" on Friday - mainly inside the building.

The area around a building on Academy Street that was badly damaged in the fire will remain closed to the public for at least several days.

Highland Council said structural checks showed scaffolding needed to be erected around the property.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Incident Commander Alex McKinley said that crews had been unable to enter the building while it remained unsafe.

But he said they were continuing to deal with the fire from outside the property.

Emergency services were alerted to the blaze above the M&Co shop at about 22:00 on Wednesday evening.

Nine fire engines were sent to the scene, including two aerial appliances, and crews spent three hours preventing the blaze from spreading to neighbouring properties.

The roof of the building, one of the oldest in the city centre, was badly damaged by the flames.

Police Scotland has launched an investigation into the cause of the fire.

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