Businesses in Polmont have been left in ruins after two suspicious fires ripped through them in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The Co-op supermarket and neighbouring small businesses are closed for business following the fires in the heart of the village which were started at around 3 a.m.
The supermarket, J. Rae & Sons Butchers, JS Barbers and the Jacq A Bite cafe are all shut due to fire, smoke and water damage.
Firefighters from six engines and an aerial appliance battled the blaze from six engines and an aerial appliance battled the blaze for an hour-and-a-half shortly before 4 a.m.
Jacqueline Gardiner, owner of JS Barbers, said she could be closed for up to a week.
She added: “All the shops here are affected in some way, it’s terrible. This is our livelihoods. No one pays our bills when we can’t open.”
A police spokesman said: “Initial indications were that the fire was malicious. We would appeal to anyone with information about anyone seen in the area acting suspiciously to contact us on 01786 456000, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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