Llanelli Asda fire: Teenager arrested after store blaze

Firefighters outside the store
Image caption Firefighters were called to store at Murray Street, Llanelli, on Wednesday night

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after a fire at an Asda supermarket in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.

The fire broke out on Wednesday evening and about 60 customers and 25 staff had to be evacuated from the building.

Firefighters were called to the Murray Street store at about 20:15 GMT.

The store suffered smoke damage but is said to be structurally sound. Asda says it will reopen on Friday at 08:00 GMT.

Neighbouring stores were also affected by the fire.

Dyfed-Powys Police said the arrested man was in custody and due to be questioned.

A spokeswoman for Asda thanked the fire service for its "speedy response".

"There is some smoke and water damage we need to clean up and we're sorry to our customers for any inconvenience caused," she said.

"Our colleagues did a great job of evacuating customers as soon as the alarm was raised last night, and thankfully no-one was hurt."

She said the store would remain closed on Thursday but the company later confirmed it would reopen on Friday morning.

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