Residents on a street in Peterhead were evacuated in the early hours of Saturday morning after a gas leak caused a fire to break out.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were called to an address of a local business on Kirk Street at around 12.35am on February 4 following reports of a blaze.
Three appliances were sent to the scene to contain the incident which involved a gas meter and a pipe, and residents in the surrounding area were evacuated from their properties while the road was closed.
The fire was extinguished shortly after 2am and residents were then able to return to their homes.
Police have now launched an investigation into the fire, which is being treated as wilful.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 1am on Saturday, February 4, 2023, police were called to assist the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service at the scene of a fire in the Kirk Street area of Peterhead.
“A number of nearby properties were evacuated and the road was closed for an hour, until the fire was extinguished and gas leak was capped.
“The incident is being treated as wilful and enquiries are ongoing.”