A fire at Dundee’s former Strathmartine Hospital on Tuesday night may have been started deliberately.
A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed that an investigation would be launched into the blaze which broke out in the roof space just after 8pm.
He said: “Police were alerted to the fire by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).
“We attended the blaze to assist them and help secure the area after the flames were extinguished.
“Inquiries are now ongoing into the cause of the blaze.”
A spokesman for SFRS said: “We received a call at 8.17pm to say there was a fire at the hospital.
“Three appliances, two from Macalpine Road and one from Kingsway East, attended and discovered a fire in the roof space.
“It was extinguished using a ladder and a main jet. Police were called to assist us with the blaze.
“The incident is now being treated as a police matter.”
The latest fire comes only a month after concerns were reported that the derelict hospital remained a target for vandals and “urban explorers.”
The former medical facility has been targeted by fireraisers on multiple occasions since it was permanently closed in 2003.
Councillor Craig Fotheringham, who represents the Monifieth and Sidlaw ward, said he was upset and angry to hear about the latest blaze.
“If this turns out to be a malicious fire started deliberately I will be very upset,’’ he added.
“I fear it may have been started on purpose because there are no electrics or anything there that would cause a fire.
“If someone started this on purpose not only are they putting their own lives at risk but also those of emergency services and other people that the emergency services could be helping instead of having to attend to malicious fireraisers.
“There is obviously an issue with security at the site. Incidents are happening here far too often.
“I will be discussing with council officers today how this site can be made more secure to keep vandals out.”