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Five teenagers arrested in connection with 'deliberate' Newton Abbot fire

Five teenagers have been arrested after a 'deliberate' fire in Newton Abbot. Credit: ITV West Country

Five teenagers have been arrested after a huge fire in Newton Abbot that police believe was deliberate.

Three 15-year-old boys and two 14-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of arson and have since been released under investigation.

Despite campaigns to save it, the building was going to be demolished this month and replaced by a new Aldi supermarket. Credit: ITV West Country

The blaze broke out on Sunday 21 October in an empty warehouse and continued for more than 24 hours.

It broke through the roof of the building, a former Carriage and Wagon Repair Shop, and forced authorities to evacuate nearby residents from their homes.

The building was going to be demolished this month to make way for a new Aldi supermarket. A campaign, Save Our Shed, was launched at the end of 2017 to save the building from demolition.

Firefighters remained at the scene of the fire until the following day after working throughout the night to dampen hotspots and prevent the fire from spreading any further.

Police remained at the scene for more than 24 hours and nearby residents were rehoused in a rest centre. Credit: ITV West Country

Police are appealing for any information the public may have in relation to the incident.