A Midlothian beautician has been devastated after her salon business was destroyed in a deliberate arson attack.
Kellyanne Beattie was away overnight when her business – located in the back garden of her family home – was targeted by vandals, causing £20,000 damage.
The wooden structure housing the lounge was left a burnt shell with all lounge equipment lost as well as damage to her children’s garden toys.
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A passing milkman spotted the blaze and alerted firefighters who rushed to the property in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian at around 5am on Saturday.
Police have now launched a manhunt for the arsonists after officers said they considered the addiction attack to be “deliberate”.
The distraught mother-of-two, who started the business less than 12 months ago, said: ‘We were away for the evening but found out about the fire when neighbors started calling and leaving numerous messages .
“I am absolutely horrified by what happened and what could have happened if this had spread.
“The fair building is very close to our house and in addition to the destruction of my business, many of my children’s toys that were in the garden were also lost.
“I am absolutely disgusted with what they have done and it looks like the total damage cost will be around £20,000.
“What kind of people would do something like that?” It is beyond belief.
“Luckily no other buildings were hit and I have to thank the milkman who reported the fire to the fire department.”
Hundreds of locals have taken to social media to denounce the ‘despicable morons’ who carried out the arson while a fundraising page set up to help the family has so far raised more than £2,000 .
Kellyanne, 36, added: “As a family, we are totally overwhelmed by the support we have received from the local community and my loyal customers.
“I was unaware of the creation of the fundraising page, but I can’t thank everyone enough for all their donations and concern.”
Morgan Seaton posted: “OMG this is absolutely disgusting. I’m so glad you’re okay.
Andrew Beveridge said: “I really hope the police catch these despicable morons. It could have been so much worse. »
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And Louise Adam added: “I hope everyone is well. Absolutely disgusting thing to do for you and your family.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘We were made aware of a fire in an outbuilding in Bonnyrigg at around 5am on Saturday 14th May.
“No one was injured and the fire was extinguished by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
“The fire is being treated as deliberate and investigations are ongoing.”