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Blaze damages restaurant

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By Abbey Morton
Blaze damages restaurant

A POPULAR Dumfries restaurant was devastated by fire on Wednesday afternoon.

The owners of Crumb, on St Michael Street, received a call at about 5 pm to say their business was on fire – and arrived to see smoke billowing from the front of the building, as firefighters tried their best to contain the blaze, and protect the adjoining properties.

Paul and Claire Gidney were told the damage was mostly from heat and smoke, and they praised Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for efforts which saw the fire contained to the source.

However, when the owners were allowed access yesterday morning, they found the premises in a much worse state than first believed.

In an online post, they said: “So much worse than what we thought.

“Just can’t believe it. Doesn’t look salvageable.

“But you better believe we are more determined than ever.”

They have thanked the community for all the support and kind messages, of which there were over 200.

Meanwhile, the neighbouring chippy ‘George’s Fish and Chicken Bar’ is closed until the extent of the smoke damage is established.

A spokesman said: “Thankfully nobody was hurt, but our thoughts are with Paul, Claire and their staff at this time.

“We will hopefully reopen soon, and will let you know when we can.”