Three flee flames after midnight arson attack on Sturry newsagent
THREE people fled a dramatic midnight arson attack on a corner shop in Sturry.
Flames engulfed the ground floor of Sturry News in Mill Road as the three people slept above the shop.
They were woken by smoke and managed to escape the burning building before firefighters arrived.
Crews from Canterbury raced to the scene last Thursday and used breathing apparatus while they tackled the flames with a high-pressure hose.
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Police forensic officers and fire teams spent Thursday investigating the cause of the fire, which is being treated as arson.
The charred remnants of the shop's stock could be seen littering the ground outside.
The word "closed" had been daubed on the window.
This was Sturry's second serious blaze since the village's fire station was closed by Kent Fire and Rescue Service as a cost-cutting measure last month.
Detective Sergeant Steve Mart said: "We are appealing for witnesses. Anyone in the Mill Road area on Wednesday night and saw people acting suspiciously should call us on 101 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."
The crime number is ZY/13559/12.