A SALON owner has described her devastation at losing her business in an arson attack.

Molly Moscrop’s salon Pretty Pascale, in Warren Road, Woodingdean was gutted by a fire last month.

Molly was away at the time and returned to find her business a charred shell.

However, thoughtful Molly was most concerned about the disruption to her clients and promised to return deposits and honour appointments.

Now the beautician is desperate to get her business back up and running.

Molly and her team are offering appointments in Saltdean in the hope of keeping the business going.

Molly said: “I am absolutely devastated, I can’t even put into words how I’m feeling right now.

“This salon is my life and it has now been destroyed.

“I have the most amazing family, friends, clients and other businesses around me that have messaged such kind and inspirational messages I feel so very blessed at this horrendous time.

“I’m trying everything I can to make this turn around time quick”

“We have relocated to Saltdean and are offering all of our services.

“We are so excited to be back doing what we love.”

The Woodingdean salon was destroyed by the fire on January 25.

Molly’s neighbours were evacuated from their homes but luckily no one was hurt. The flat above the shop was not occupied but being used for storage and as an office.

Friends and customers added their support for Molly and her business on social media.

Julie Wiltshire said: “Sorry to hear about this horror story, you built your business and it’s gone from strength to strength with you leading it and I’m sure your strength will rebuild your business and will be even more successful.”

Frances Harris said: “ This is awful. Hope you can bounce back quickly.

“You’ve worked so hard for everything you’ve achieved.

Laura Beddoe, who worked in the salon on Saturdays, said: “It is such a beautiful little space.”

Police are investigating the fire as a suspected arson attack.

A 27-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and making threats to cause or destroy property the day after the fire.

Rachel Swinney Chief Inspector for Brighton and Hove said: “We are treating the fire as deliberate and targeted and would like to hear from anyone who may have information to assist our investigation.

“Both premises are used as a business and it was fortunate that no one was inside at the time of the fire.

“Did you notice anyone acting suspiciously in the area before the fire broke out?

“You can report information to us either online or call 101 quoting reference 194 of 25/01.”