Appeal for witnesses after Aylesbury fire

Mon 9 Dec, 2013

Issued in association with Thames Valley Police

Police investigating a suspected arson at a commercial property in Aylesbury are appealing for witnesses.

Officers were called at 2.24am today to a report of a large fire at Flava 36 in lower High Street. Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service attended and extinguished the fire, and a police investigation into the cause is currently taking place.

Residents living in flats close to the property were evacuated and placed in temporary accommodation. No-one was injured during the incident.

Detective Sergeant Simon Johnson from Thames Valley Police said: “I am appealing for anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area at around 2am today to contact police.

“The fire could have had extremely serious consequences for people living above the premises, and it was very fortunate that the fire was spotted in its early stages and emergency services were alerted quickly.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anyone in the area around this time should contact him on the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre number, 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Firefighters from Aylesbury and Waddesdon were among the emergency services at the scene.

Group Manager Roger Brinklow from Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "The first appliances from Aylesbury arrived at the scene within four minutes. On arrival, the building was found to be well alight and the officer in charge immediately requested two additional appliances to deal with a severe fire.

"Firefighters used breathing apparatus, thermal imaging cameras and hose lines to extinguish the fire and search the building to ensure no-one was inside.

"All three emergency services worked to resolve the incident with no reported casualties or injuries. The incident resulted in severe fire damage to the ground floor and smoke damage to the remainder of the building."