Affertons Funeral Care re-opens after fire

Dundee-based Affertons Funeral Care has re-opened for business after suffering extensive damage after a blaze took hold in a neighbouring takeaway restaurant on 4 January. 

According to The Courier, firefighters took around five hours to stop the fire, after which a joint police and fire services investigation ruled out foul play.

After firefighters fought the flames, the roof collapsed at the takeaway and the funeral parlour, resulting in Affertons opening a temporary parlour in West Marketgait on Monday.

Paul Craigie, a funeral director at Affertons, told The Courier: “It’s been a very stressful few weeks for us but we’re delighted to be back up and running, thanks to generous offers of local businesses who helped us.

“We’re very grateful for their support. We expect to be in the position for a few months so we don’t know what we would have done without them.”

An assessment is set to take place on Friday to determine the full scale of the damage at Clepington Road.

Craigie added: “We haven’t got any further forward with the premises on Clepington Road. I have been told that the building is looking quite unstable and will likely have to be demolished, which isn’t ideal.

“There will be an assessment on Friday to determine what happens next but I have been told it’s not looking good. Since it’s looking like the store is unsalvageable we have been looking at the long-term plan and we’re interested in the vacant House of Pisces on Strathmartine Road as it is very spacious.”

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