A CAT called Beans has gone on the run after his companion Toast perished in an alleged fire raising attack.
The ginger tabby has been missing since Wednesday after escaping from his burning flat in Clermiston, Edinburgh.
Dozens of residents were evacuated from a four storey block after a devastating fire was started on the first floor.
Police officers arrived at the building within minutes of the fire breaking out after onlookers reported seeing a man with a knife behaving aggressively.
Twelve people, including a child, were taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation but were later released.
Unfortunately Toast the cat was killed in the fire – and his grieving companion Beans has gone on the run.
Now a public appeal has been launched to keep an eye out for the fugitive house cat.
Posting a photograph of the duo in happier times Sarah Montgomery wrote: “Could everyone please keep an eye out for the ginger cat, his name is Beans.
“Unfortunately Toast, the black cat, was killed in the fire but Beans is nowhere to be found, so we expect he managed to escape through a window or the door.
“If anyone finds him or has seen him please contact me ASAP. He will be frightened but he is very friendly.”
The post has been shared over social media dozens of time and attracted messages of support.
Beryl Rollo said: “Oh god how terrible for you, RIP to the poor soul you lost, sleep tight baby. I do so hope you can find Beans safe and well. My thoughts go out to you.”
Brandon Hogg wrote: “Sorry for your loss. What unusual names, love them though. Hope Beans is back soon.”
And Susie Main said: “So, so sorry for all your loss, especially of Toast. Prayers going up for Beans to be brought safely to you soon.”
Police detained a man shortly after the fire broke out with officers confirming on Thursday that he is now being monitored by doctors.
A police spokesman said: “A male has been detained and is currently being assessed under the Mental Health Act in connection with a disturbance and a fire at a block of flats in Durar Drive, Edinburgh.”