Police and fire officers believe a blaze which badly damaged business premises in Melrose was started deliberately.
The alarm was raised at McPhersons the property agents in St Dunstan’s Lane shortly after 10pm on Saturday.
Two crews – one full time and the other retained – from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service base in Galashiels were alerted .
A spokesman said they had the fire under control by 11.20pm but remained at the scene longer.
There were no injuries but the building was badly damaged.
Inspector John Reid of Police Scotland confirmed the outbreak was being treated as suspicious.
He said: “Early indications are that this fire was the result of a deliberate act and a full fire scene investigation will now take place between Police Scotland and the Fire and Rescue Service.
“I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the area of St Dunstan’s Lane last night to get in touch with Police Scotland at Melrose if they saw or heard anything which might help us in our enquiries.
Thankfully no-one was in the building at the time, however the building and contents have been seriously damaged as a result.”
Information can be passed on the non emergency 101 line, or anonymously, to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.