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Young arsonists do more than £10,000 damage

PUBLISHED: 12:09 14 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:16 05 July 2010

FIRE ripped through a garage in Lowestoft last night, destroying more than £10,000 of valuables.

Firefighters spent three hours dealing with the blaze, which completely destroyed a garage behind a block of flats, on the junction of London Road South and Windsor Road.

Children as young as seven may have been involved in starting a fire that destroyed a Lowestoft garage and £10,000 of contents.

A small Sherpa van and a large amount of secondhand electricals, including televisions, fridges and vacuum cleaners, were destroyed.

Firefighters spent three hours dealing with the blaze, which completely destroyed a garage belonging to Ralph's Secondhand Furniture, on the junction of London Road South and Windsor Road. Four engines from Normanshurst and Clifton Road fire stations were called to the fire just before 8pm on Saturday night.

The fire was out by 11pm and nobody was hurt, although the ambulance was called as it was initially feared that two children were still in the garage. Police are treating the cause as arson.

Ralph Gennery, who runs the shop, said: “It is such a mess. There is nothing left of it.”

He said some of the children involved were still on the scene when police arrived. Two of the children were reported to be seven, and another two older children were also in the area.

He said the shop had not been affected and would be able to open as usual on Monday morning.

The shop is surrounded by flats, which had a lucky escape.

Insp Bruce Gent, from Suffolk Police, said: “When police arrived the garage was well ablaze with four fire pumps in attendance. The garage was completely destroyed as was a large amount of personal property. Damage is estimated at over £10,000.

“This was a serious incident as the substantial blaze in the garage could have spread to the properties nearby. Thankfully nobody was hurt.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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