Police are following a “positive line of enquiry” following a fire which destroyed a derelict hotel in Fife.
Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at the Lundin Links Hotel in Leven shortly after 8.30pm on Thursday evening and spent 17 hours battling the fire.
Fife council has confirmed that the remains of the listed building will have to be demolished “as soon as possible” on public safety grounds.
Police in Fife have now confirmed that they believe criminality was involved and say that they are close to identifying the “person responsible”.
A tweet from Levenmouth Police read: “We’re following a positive line of enquiry to identify the person responsible, however would welcome any info from anyone who may have witnessed the events in Lundin Links about 8.40pm on Thursday, August 18.”
Inspector Matt Spencer, of Levemouth Police Station, said: “Officers are following a positive line of enquiry in connection with a fire at a hotel on Leven Road in Lundin Links that was reported around 9pm on Thursday, 18 August, 2022.
“The fire was extinguished by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and no-one was injured. Local properties on Emsdorf Street were evacuated as a precaution and the residents were later able to return.
“Enquiries into the cause of the fire are ongoing.
“The A915 remains local access only between Cupar Road in Leven and Upper Largo, with long-term diversions in place via Cupar road and the A916. Motorists are urged to adhere to the closures and use alternative routes where possible.”