VIDEO UPDATE: Two arrested following second arson attack at business in Wisbech

A man and a woman have been arrested after arsonists set fire to a former commercial building in Wisbech, for a second night.

Friday, 9th December 2016, 8:35 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 2:29 pm

Police and fire crews attended the old disused Wisbech Vehicle Exchange building last night, Thursday December 8, after reports were received that the building was on fire for a second night running.

From enquiries at the scene a male and female have been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Firefighters from Cambridgeshire and Norfolk were originally called to the blaze at 8.44pm on Wednesday, December 7.

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At least 20 firefighters tackled the blaze at a disused garage, the Wisbech Vehicle Exchange, on Old Lynn Road, which broke out at around 8.40pm.

Units from Wisbech, Outwell, West Walton and both King’s Lynn stations attended the scene.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used an aerial appliance to extinguish the fire using three jets, one hose reel and some foam to smother the flames.

The 20 metre by 15 metre corrugated metal building was a former Auto Centre.

Station Commander Mick Jackman, from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “There was a small amount of old office furniture inside the building but there was a lot of tyre and rubbish in an adjoining side garage.

“Our priority was to stop the fire from spreading to a neighbouring residential property.”

Firefighters returned to their stations by 1.06am, and a crew from Wisbech returned to reinspect the site yesterday morning.

The cause of the fire was deliberate.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.