Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton shop fire forces family to flee

A family with a baby had to flee their home after a suspected arson attack on a shop in Southampton.

Hampshire police and firefighters were called to a fire at Zim Zag Polish food store in Portsmouth Road, Woolston on Saturday evening.

Officers said the fire, which began inside the rear of the store, caused significant smoke damage.

The family living above the shop escaped uninjured and were later allowed to return home.

Police want to trace a man seen leaving the area heading towards Hazel Road and on to Bridge Road.

He is described as white, about 5ft 11in tall, about 35 to 40 years old and was wearing a fluorescent jacket and dark trousers.

Det Insp Dave Jackson said: "Thankfully no-one was seriously injured but we could have been dealing with something much worse.

"From our investigation so far, it looks as though someone broke into the store and started the fire inside before fleeing the scene.

"Not only has this incident caused upset for the family living above the store but also the shop owner."

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