Blaze at PDSA shop in Long Eaton was arson

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A fire which broke out following a raid at a Long Eaton charity shop is being treated as arson.

Five fire crews were sent out to tackle the flames at the PDSA shop on Market Place on Monday morning.

Police said burglars had broken in to try to steal a safe before the fire was started.

The top floor of the premises suffered significant damage which extended to The Cheesecake Shop next door.

Police and firefighters were alerted to the blaze at around 1am.

It comes less than five months since the shop had undergone a refurbishment.

All of the donations were damaged, meaning the shop is in desperate need of new stock. A lot of stock in the back was damaged due to the fire burning for some time.

Derbyshire police said the fire had been started in the room where the safe was.

A spokesman said: “Someone broke in and tried to steal a safe. It looks like a fire was set in the same room where the safe was.

“Fire investigators have done their work and are almost certain that it was deliberate, so we’re treating it as arson.”

Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.