The demolition of a former nightclub in Fife has begun after a fire ripped through the building earlier this month.
A blaze broke out in the derelict building, which formerly housed Maxwell’s, on Wellesley Road, Methil at around 5pm on May 14.
Six nearby properties were evacuated as a result, with a number of people still not allowed home until the building can be demolished.
Two 13-year-olds were charged in connection with the blaze last week.
Fife Council expects the demolition work to prove “complex and challenging” due to the building’s close proximity to neighbouring properties.
Contractors Safedem have been charged with clearing the area, with the mission expected to take between 10 to 12 weeks.
Convener of the council’s Levenmouth Area Committee, councillor Colin Davidson, said he was “angry and disappointed” at the impact the fire has had on the community.
“Safety has to be our first concern here but it’s beyond frustrating that this mindless act of vandalism is causing people to be displaced from the comfort of their own homes for weeks while this vital demolition work is carried out.
“We contacted those residents affected over the weekend to let them know work is starting and to give them an opportunity to access their properties for a controlled time to collect any belongings they may need over the coming weeks.
“Our housing officers are also providing direct support at this time.
“Businesses currently closed have also been contacted directly and support is being offered through Business Gateway while trading is affected.
“I know the community will pull together as they always do in times of crisis to help and support those affected.”
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