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Man appears in court over supermarket fire

Part of the roof was destroyed in the fire. Credit: ITV News West Country

A man's appeared in court to deny arson after a supermarket in Wellington was left badly damaged by fire.

The roof at the entrance to the Waitrose store collapsed in the blaze on Sunday.

24-year-old Robert Pitman was remanded in custody by Taunton Deane Magistrates. He's due to appear at Taunton Crown Court next month.

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Supermarket "an important element of local economy"

Waitrose has established itself as an important element inthe local Wellington economy as well as the wider Taunton Deane economy.

The company is a large employer and I hope that it can reopen quickly.At this stage the cause of the fire has not been established.

– Cllr John Williams, leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council
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