Major commercial blaze in Aberdeen tackled by firefighters

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Eight fire appliances were called to the building in Aberdeen

Firefighters have tackled a major blaze at a restaurant in Aberdeen.

The emergency services were called to Valentino's Italian - formerly Dizzy's - in Carden Place at about 02:10. Flames had spread to the roof of the building, which collapsed.

The building also contains Lefevre Litigation and Bidwells. No-one was injured in the fire.

More than 40 firefighters and eight appliances were called to the blaze, which was described as "challenging".

Carden Place was closed to traffic at Fountainhall Road and people were asked to avoid the area.

It re-opened on Monday afternoon.

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Smoke was still billowing from the building several hours after the fire broke out
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Smoke could be seen across the city, as photographed from Kincorth Hill
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Ally Birkett, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service group commander for Aberdeen, said: "This has been a large and challenging incident.

"Crews have been here throughout the night working to bring this fire under control.

"We're currently making good progress, but firefighting operations remain active."

Gregor Kelly, of Lefevre Litigation, said: "We are pleased of course that no-one has been hurt. Files can be replaced but people can't. We'll be open for business after new year."

The cause of the fire will be investigated.