Crews tackling major fire in Dumfries

Remains of Little Italy today Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters are tackling a major fire at a restaurant in Dumfries.

Emergency services were called at 2.30am to reports of a building on fire on Moffat Road. 30 firefighters went to the scene and 3 fire engines are still in attendance.

Location of the fire Credit: ITV Border

In a facebook post, the Little Italy restaurant have said their premises 'burnt to the ground' this morning. They said they're heartbroken but grateful nobody was hurt.

"Sitting here in tears telling you all that little Italy burned to the ground in the early hours. thankfully no one was hurt, watching it burn while we stood helpless was hart braking me Nicky and all the little team would like to thank every single customer for there support and custom . Please bare with us and we will keep all informed."

Fire crews at the scene this morning Credit: ITV Border

Police are still at the scene and say a police and fire service investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out in due course.

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident number 20170830-0213

Little Italy has won a string of awards including Best Newcomer in the 2013 Scottish Italian Awards and was named Best Restaurant the following year. Last year's Entertainment Awards ranked is as one of the top restaurants in Scotland.

The owner Robert Macaleese also runs Sotto, in Warwick Road, Carlisle=

Fire crews called at 2:30am Credit: ITV Border