Teenager arrested on suspicion of arson in Richmond

Ten crews attended the incident on Finkle Street
Ten crews attended the incident on Finkle Street

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a large fire in Richmond which took ten fire engines to extinguish.

Fire crews from Bedale, Northallerton, Darlington, Colburn and Richmond were called to tackle the fire in the two-storey commercial property on Finkle Street.

The emergency services were called after a delivery driver found the terraced property was alight just after 5am on Saturday June 6.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police (NYP) said: “The 18-year-old local man was arrested in Richmond on Saturday evening and remains in police custody while the investigation continues.”

A total of ten fire engines were mobilised after officers on the scene realised the flames were spreading laterally across the first floor and damaging other shops on the terrace.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire however damage to shops including Oxfam, the Red Cross, Tasty Macs and Urban Spa and Beauty is said to cost hundreds of thousands of pounds

NYP also said the incident “will have a significant impact on local business”.

Anyone with any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Detective Constable Andy Palmer of Northallerton Serious Crime Team. Or email Andrew.palmer@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12150094257 when passing on information.

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