Leicester Tesco superstore damaged by fire as crowds look on

By Delta Dobson

Crowds look on at the blaze in the early hours

Onlookers crowded outside Leicester’s New Park Street superstore in the early hours of the morning as a fire broke out.

Around 3am on Saturday (FEB 26), fire engines were seen going into the parking lot of the superstore which had crowds of people surrounding the outside.

Images taken by witness, Matt Williamson, a student at De Montfort University, shows the public cordoned off at the scene by the fire service who used metal railings to protect the public from smoke coming from the outside of the store.

The after effects of the fire at the Tesco Store

Wooden panels on the outside of the door were charred and fire damaged. Smashed windows at the front of the store were boarded up. The area of the fire was cornered off with tape and metal fencing to keep the public and customers of the store safe.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue said that they received a call at 3.26am and part of the fire had caught shop front cladding.

A Leicestershire Police spokesperson said: “On Saturday, February 26, police were called to a supermarket in New Park Street shortly before 7am. It was reported that a sign outside the supermarket had been set alight, causing some damage.”

The spokesperson added that no arrests have been made regarding the incident but: “Anyone who has any information about the incident is asked to contact 101 or report via http://www.leics.police.uk, quoting incident 151 of 26 February.”

A Tesco spokesperson said that the store had opened after the fire: “We’d like to thank the fire service for their quick response and are now helping police with their investigation.”

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