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Warrington retail park fire probably 'not started maliciously'

Firefighters at Warrington retail park blaze
Image caption Cheshire Fire Service worked for several hours to contain the fire

Firefighters who tackled a blaze at a Cheshire retail park have said it was probably "not started maliciously".

Around 14 crews were called to Europa Boulevard in Warrington at 20:30 BST on Saturday to deal with the fire at the Boots store on Gemini Retail Park.

Firefighters spent several hours bringing the blaze under control.

Cheshire Fire Service's Terry McDermott said "aerosols and chemicals" in the shop had made it "difficult to enter and tackle the fire at close quarters".

He said the "centre of the fire was a storeroom on the mezzanine floor of Boots" and that firefighters had worked hard to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjacent Next store.

Crews from Greater Manchester and Merseyside assisted at the fire, which a Cheshire Fire spokesman said had taken around six hours to contain.

He said the fire had caused major damage to the Boots and Next stores.

An investigation to establish the cause of the fire is underway.

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