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Police seek to question man after Blackwood blaze

Gwent Police want to question Stephen John Powell in connection with a fire at Blackwood. Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police is appealing for information on a man they want to speak to in connection with a fire at the Poundstretcher store on Blackwood High Street in May which is being treated as arson.

Stephen John Powell is described as white, 5 ft 10 inches tall and of slim build. He has short/shaved brown hair and blue eyes. The 27-year-old is known locally in Blackwood as "Turkey" say police.

The Poundstretcher store was demolished after the blaze in May. Credit: Viewer's picture / Sarah Evans

Anyone with information relating to Mr Powell's whereabouts is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting log 21 01/05/13.

Building demolished after Blackwood fire

A demolition team began knocking down the Poundstretcher store in Blackwood.

The Poundstretcher store in Blackwood is being demolished following a blaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service say the cause of the fire was bins being set alight.

Fire crews were called out at around 2 o'clock this morning.

Officers say refuse bins were on fire and this had spread to the store room at the back of the shop.

Due to safety concerns the High Street was closed and the electricity supply to a number of shops was cut. Structural engineers were called out to assess the safety of the building.

The building on Blackwood High Street was demolished on safety grounds.

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Blackwood retail worker: 'Fire crews did a brilliant job'

Crews will spend the rest of the day dampening down the building

A Blackwood employee who works at the store next to PoundStretcher, which caught fire in the early hours of this morning, said crews did 'a brilliant job' in tackling the blaze.

Nicola Lambert said crews had managed to contain the flames so the fire didn't spread, but her shop had suffered some water damage following the incident.

"We'll work hard to open again," she said.

"It was a bit of a shock - it wasn't what I was expecting when I got up this morning."

Blackwood fire: Investigation to begin shortly

Scene of the fire at Blackwood this morning at the town's Poundstretcher store. Credit: Viewer's picture / Sarah Evans

The fire service say investigators will be arriving at the scene of this morning's blaze at Blackwood's Pound Stretcher store shortly to begin an investigation into the blaze.

Crews will spend the rest of the day dampening down the building say officers.

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#SWCONTROL Reference large fire in Blackwood - Advice to community to keep doors and windows closed as there is lots of smoke in the area

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#SWCONTROL Reference large fire in Blackwood - Advice to community to keep doors and windows closed as there is lots of smoke in the area

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#SWControl Reference fire in Blackwood - please avoid High Street if possible due to Fire Service attendance at the large fire

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