Kellyanne Beattie was away for the night when her shop – which was in the garden of her family home – was attacked by vandals, resulting in £20,000 damage.
The wooden structure that houses the saloon is a burnt shell that has lost all of the saloon furnishings and has caused damage to her children’s garden toys.
A passing milkman spotted the fire and alerted the fire brigade, who rushed to the property in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, around 5am on Saturday.
Police have now launched a manhunt for the arsonists after officers said they were treating the attack on the annexe as “premeditated”.
The distraught mother-of-two, who started the business less than 12 months ago, said: “We were away for the evening but found out about the fire when neighbors started calling and leaving lots of messages.
“I am absolutely appalled at what happened and what could have happened if it had spread.
“The salon building is very close to our home and in addition to the destruction of my shop, many of my children’s toys that were in the garden were lost.
“I am genuinely disgusted with what they have done and it looks like the total cost of the damage is around £20,000.
“What kind of people would do that? It’s incredible.
“Fortunately no other buildings were affected and I have to thank the milkman who reported the fire to the fire department.”
Hundreds of locals have taken to social media to blast the “despicable idiots” who carried out the arson attack, while a fundraising page set up to help the family has so far raised more than £2000.
Kellyanne, 36, added: “As a family we are absolutely overwhelmed with the support we have received from the local community and from my loyal customers.
“I didn’t know the fundraising page was set up, but I really can’t thank everyone enough for all their donations and dedication.”
Morgan Seaton wrote: “OMG this is absolutely disgusting. I’m so glad you’re all doing well.”
Andrew Beveridge said: “I really hope the police catch these despicable idiots. It could have been so much worse.”
And Louise Adam added: “I hope everyone is doing well. Absolutely disgusting what to do to you and your family.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We were made aware of a fire at an outbuilding in Bonnyrigg around 5am on Saturday 14 May.
“No one was injured and the fire was extinguished by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
“The fire is being treated as premeditated and the investigation is ongoing.”
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