A busy Broughty Ferry post office will be closed for the foreseeable future after the rear of the shop was heavily damaged by fire.
However, owner Samar Hayat has promised his customers – some of whom are in Monifieth – that he will continue to provide regular services such as newspaper deliveries.
“They will continue as normal so our customers don’t have to worry,” he pledged.
The blaze within the staff area of MS News at Campfield Square in the early hours of Wednesday was so extensive that the ceiling collapsed.
Fire officers investigating the blaze now believe it started after a worktop oven was left on overnight.
Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire but the incident has shocked locals.
One resident, who did not give her name, said: “It was quite a shock when I came down to get my paper this morning. I always get it from here.”
Mr Hayat does not know when he expects to be able to re-open the combined newsagent and post office.
He is now counting the cost of the fire, which is estimated to have damaged between £10-12,000 of stock.
He said: “It’s been very distressing.
“I got a call at around 5am to say something had happened at the shop.
“The damage is mostly in the back but the front of the shop is very smoky.
“We might not be able to sell a lot of the stock like drinks and sweets if they’ve been smoke damaged.
“We’re still working out how long it will be before we can open again, as we will have to clean up and the power has been cut from the shop completely.”
Two appliances were sent to the scene around 12.30am.
Fire crews spent just under two hours extinguishing the blaze.
The Post Office has issued an apology to customers for the closure.
A spokeswoman said: “Customers wishing to access Post Office services may do so from any convenient Post Office branch including Gray Street, Broughty Ferry, and High Street, Monifieth.”
Ferry councillor Craig Duncan expressed his best wishes to the owner of the shop saying: “Obviously I hope it will reopen soon.”