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VIDEO: Fears thousands of family items lost after massive blaze destroys Perth auctioneers

A massive blaze which took around five hours to contain, has completely destroyed the building of a Perth auctioneers.

Firefighters rushed to the scene at Iain M Smith Auctioneers, which is located at Perth Airport, around 12.20am this morning to find a “well developed” fire.

Firefighters at the scene.

Six fire engines and a major incident unit attended as firefighters battled for around five hours to contain the blaze.

It’s understood many valuable items could have been destroyed in the fire, including a sapphire ring. The auctioneers were preparing for a sale today.

The Courier understands that a joint investigation between the police and fire service will now take place.

Iain M Smith, who owns Iain M Smith  Auctioneers, posted a message on social media stating: “I’m sorry to have to tell you that we have had a fire completely destroy the saleroom so there will not be an auction in the next two weeks.

Some of the hundreds of items that were due to be auctioned.

“Please bear with us as it will take us a while to sort everything out.”

Residents were advised not to travel to the site as police and fire crews are still at the scene.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Unit said: “We had six units there after getting a call about a well-developed fire at the auctioneers.

“The stop message came in at 5.45am.”

Many people expressed their sadness at the devastating news on social media.

Angela Ferns commented: “On no, so sorry Iain this is terrible news. Take care.”

And Christine Claydon added: “This is terrible news. How awful for you.”

Dorothy Dewar said she hoped everyone involved was unhurt, while Peter Burnet said he wished “everyone is safe.”

Paul Dimmock said: “Terrible news. Only there yesterday for a look around.

“Beautiful stuff for sale.”

And Olga Burton said: “So sorry to hear this sad news – hope everyone is okay. “Thinking of you.”

More to follow.

Hi Everyone, I’m sorry to have to tell you that we have had a fire destroy the saleroom completely so there will not be…

Posted by Iain M Smith Auctioneers on Thursday, 8 March 2018

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