Carlisle police hunt for arsonist

Cumbria Police are searching for an arsonist. They believe a furniture store in Carlisle was deliberately set alight and want the owner of a dark coloured car seen in Harvey's car park an hour before the fire began to come forwards.

The fire was reported at twenty past twelve this morning. At its height six fire engines tackled the blaze which closed Crown Street . The roof of the building collapsed and crews spent the day dampening down hot spots. No one was injured.

“We are currently treating the fire as suspicious and are asking anyone who might have any information to get in touch.

"In particular a dark coloured car, in the style of a VW Golf or similar, was seen pulling up into a parking space on Crown Street between 11:15 and 11:30pm last night. We are keen to speak to the person/people in that car to help our investigation.

“The fire is under control and continues to be dealt with by Cumbria Fire and Rescue.

“This was a very serious fire, in which thankfully no one was hurt."

– Detective Inspector Craig Smith, Cumbria Police

Fire crews believe the blaze was started in a bin at the rear of the store.

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Fire destroys Carlisle furniture store

Harvey's furniture store in Carlisle has been destroyed after a fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning