A huge fire at a commercial centre on Leicester’s Belgrave Road is being treated as arson. Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the blaze to come forward.
Emergency services received a number of calls at around 10pm last night (Sunday 6 January) after a fire had broken out in one of the shops located in the centre.
When the fire service arrived the blaze was well alight and a large number of people had gathered.
Local residents were asked to keep their windows and doors shut as black smoke filled the area.
Police and the Fire Service remained at the scene for a number of hours. There are no reports of any injuries or fatalities.
Following initial enquiries, the police believe the fire was started deliberately and an investigation is ongoing.
Detective Inspector Mark Parish said: “The incident is being treated as arson and we are investigating to establish the full circumstances of the incident.”
“There are a number of businesses and properties in this area and so are likely to have been a number of people around at the time. If you were in the area, and saw or heard anything which caused you concern, then we urge you to make contact.”
“I am also aware that a number of people were in Belgrave Road at the time of the fire including people recording the incident on their mobile phones. Please check these and if you have any information which you believe may help us, no matter how insignificant it may seem, get in touch.”
If you have any information which could help Police with their enquiries, please call them on 101 quoting incident 19*7951.