Police launch investigation after derelict café goes up in smoke
PUBLISHED: 09:52 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:52 09 October 2017
A blaze which ripped through a derelict café near Weston yesterday (Sunday) was started deliberately, firefighters have revealed.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious can call 101 and give the reference number 5217229477.”