Police launch investigation after derelict café goes up in smoke

PUBLISHED: 09:52 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:52 09 October 2017

Three fire crews tackled the blaze. Picture: Peter Barrington

Three fire crews tackled the blaze. Picture: Peter Barrington

Peter Barrington

A blaze which ripped through a derelict café near Weston yesterday (Sunday) was started deliberately, firefighters have revealed.

A huge plume of smoke ascended above the town. Picture: Chris Cox/Weston Lifeboat CrewA huge plume of smoke ascended above the town. Picture: Chris Cox/Weston Lifeboat Crew

Three Avon Fire and Rescue Service crews from Weston tackled the fire at the now-derelict Cliffs Café in Kewstoke.

The blaze at the toll road building created a huge plume of smoke which was visible from as far as Banwell.

Three fire crews tackled the 'deliberate' blaze. Picture: Alan BowkettThree fire crews tackled the 'deliberate' blaze. Picture: Alan Bowkett

And this morning, fire chiefs have confirmed the disused café deliberately went up in smoke – with police reporting two men who were seen smoking near the scene when the blaze started.

A fire service spokesman said: “We were called at 11.04am to a fire in a two-storey derelict building.

Police have launched an investigation after igntition was deemed to be deliberate. Picture: Alan BowkettPolice have launched an investigation after igntition was deemed to be deliberate. Picture: Alan Bowkett

“Two high-pressure hose reels and two jets were used to extinguish the fire.

“Crews stayed at the scene and damped down after the fire was put out.

A huge plume of smoke ascended above the town. Picture: Alan BowkettA huge plume of smoke ascended above the town. Picture: Alan Bowkett

“The cause of the fire was deliberate ignition.”

A police investigation into the incident has begun, with Avon and Somerset Constabulary urging people with information to get in touch.

A spokesman added: “We are investigating following a fire in Kewstoke yesterday.

“Two people were witnessed smoking off from the scene.

Fire at The Cliffs Tea Rooms on the Toll Road, Weston-s-Mare.Fire at The Cliffs Tea Rooms on the Toll Road, Weston-s-Mare.

“Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious can call 101 and give the reference number 5217229477.”

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