Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton's SeaCity Museum fire 'was arson'

Fire engines outside SeaCity Museum
Image caption The fire service said a wooden model caught alight at the SeaCity Museum

A fire at a museum dedicated to the Titanic is being treated as arson, police have said.

The blaze broke out at Southampton's SeaCity Museum on Havelock Road at about 12:25 BST on Tuesday.

The fire service said a wooden model caught fire. Hampshire Constabulary said the till in the cafe was also broken into and cash stolen.

Visitors and staff were evacuated from the building but no-one was injured, the force added.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The £15m museum opened in April 2012 and is dedicated to Southampton's maritime heritage and the Titanic which made its ill-fated voyage from the city in 1912.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a £4.9m grant towards the cost of the museum - the rest of the money came from the city council.