Fire was arson

PUBLISHED: 12:35 26 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

A DESTRUCTIVE fire at a Worle supermarket was started by one or more arsonists.

A DESTRUCTIVE fire at a Worle supermarket was started by one or more arsonists.

Police this week confirmed that the blaze, which broke out at Lidl in the early hours of January 18, was started deliberately.

Previously officers had said the fire was being treated as suspicious, but this week it was declared an arson investigation.

Nobody had been arrested as the Weston Mercury went to press yesterday (Wed) and police were still appealing for witnesses.

The fire broke out at Lidl at about 2.30am on the Monday morning and miles of roads were cordoned off around the Park Way site at the height of the fire, following fears six central heating gas canisters inside could explode.

Police and fire teams evacuated about 20 residents in nearby Thorn Close after there were several small explosions from alcohol and cans inside the building.

About 60 firefighters were on the scene for several hours trying to douse the blaze and at one point experts were concerned the whole supermarket was on the brink of collapse as flames had spread through two areas in the roof.

The supermarket has been boarded off since last week, so investigations were carried out away from the public eye.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Weston CID on 0845 456 7000.

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