Coventry & Warwickshire

Dunelm Mill fire out but cause still unknown

Scene of Coventry fire
Image caption Police and the fire service were alerted when Dunelm Mill's alarm went off at about 05:00 BST on Thursday

The cause of a large fire at a retail park in Coventry is still unknown because investigators said they had been unable to access the buildings.

The Dunelm Mill and Dreams stores on the Orchard Retail Park in Willenhall suffered "extensive damage" in the fire, which began on Thursday morning.

About 15 fire engines dealt with the incident but there could still be some undiscovered hotspots.

A police spokesman said the fire may have been started deliberately.

Gary Alder from West Midlands Fire Service said investigators were yet to access the two stores to pinpoint where the blaze started and work through the debris to find out the cause.

'Structural problems'

Mr Alder said: "Due to the fact that we can't access the building we can't put water on to the seat of the fire so there could be hotspots that we can't even see at the moment although the fire's been out for a number of hours.

"We stopped it moving into PC World and Carpet Right but there are some structural problems.

"We will get the structural engineers out today just to have a look and then hopefully they'll be open for business tomorrow [Saturday].

The nearby Royal Mail sorting office was closed as a precaution on Thursday.

Royal Mail spokesman Richard Hall apologised to customers for some disruption to postal services in the area and said they expected "to be able to make deliveries as normal on Friday.

He added: "The evacuation prevented mail deliveries to customers in the CV1, CV3, CV5 and parts of CV8 postcode area on Thursday.

"Extra resource will be deployed to ensure all mail is delivered as quickly as possible."

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