Animals evacuated after fire rips through pet shop

24 August 2019, 12:23 | Updated: 24 August 2019, 12:27

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Around 30 animals had to be evacuated after a large blaze at a pet store in a retail park in Perth.

Train services were also disrupted while emergency services dealt with the incident in Perth.

Firefighters were called to the scene at St Catherines Retail Park at around 2am on Saturday.

The fire affected Pets at Home, B&M and a vacant shop.

Detective Inspector Jennifer Reid said: "Our enquiries into this incident are at an early stage and we are working closely with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to establish the full circumstances.

"Around 30 animals have now been evacuated from Pets at Home and the majority of the retail park has now reopened.

"I would urge anyone who has information to contact us and would like to thank the businesses at St Catherines for their support."

B&M said: "Following an incident last night in our Perth store the store is currently closed."

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent 10 fire engines and other specialist appliances to the scene.

ScotRail tweeted that there was some disruption to services for a time as some lines were closed due to the fire.

However at around 8am they were informed that it was safe to reopen the line and said that services were returning to normal.

There were no reports of any injuries.