Reward for information over suspicious bakery fire
A bakery is offering a cash reward to anyone who can help catch the culprit who deliberately set fire to a brand new Highland store just weeks before it opened.
Police confirmed for the first time yesterday that they are treating the blaze at the Harry Gow’s bakery at North Kessock as “suspicious”.
Firefighters were called to the scene, next to the A9 and just north of the Kessock Bridge, at 3.35am on July 3 after the incident was reported. They put out the fire in under three hours – by which time the building had suffered extensive damage.
The Smithton-based bakery took over the building a year ago after it closed as a tourist information centre, and it had been due to open on August 18 after a refurbishment. But the damage is understood to have set the opening of the eatery back by about 12 months, with work on the revamp not now expected to start again until next year.
A joint investigation was carried out and police confirmed yesterday that the fire was being treated as suspicious.
Det Con Nicola MacAngus said: “Thankfully nobody was hurt in this incident but deliberately starting fires is extremely dangerous.”
Harry Gow’s has decided to offer a four-figure cash reward for information provided which directly leads to a conviction. Any information to police on 101.
“Deliberately starting fires is extremely dangerous”
The Harry Gow’s bakery was badly damaged in blaze