Chemist targeted by fireraisers

The area was evacuated while fire crews put out the bin

THOUSANDS of pounds of stock has been destroyed in a fire in a Fife chemists.

Police and Fife Fire and Rescue Service were called to a blaze at the rear of Semi-Chem, High Street, Cowdenbeath, around 10.50pm.

Three commercial bins had been pushed against a metal container and set ablaze.

Due to the heat of the fire, the metal container and contents were badly damaged .

It was not known what was in the container, therefore the immediate area was evacuated.

When the fire was put out, it was discovered that around £10,000 worth of stock in the shop had been damaged.
Detective Constable Louise Millar, one of the officers involved in the investigation, said: “Those responsible for this fire have behaved in a selfish manner, causing extensive damage and stock loss at Semi-Chem. It also led to significant local disruption in the area of the High Street for a number of hours whilst it was confirmed the fire was not more hazardous.

“The public in Cowdenbeath regularly support local policing by assisting with investigations. We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Semi-Chem between 9.30pm and 10.50pm on Friday or who may have information that could assist us, to contact us on 0845 600 5702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. All information received is dealt with in the strictest confidence.”