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Corby car park fire: Work starts to repair building

Dan Pickard in the car park
Image caption It is hoped the Willow Place Shopping Centre in Corby will be fully open in three weeks' time

Damage caused by a fire at a multi-storey car park is expected to cost at least a million pounds to repair.

Work has started on a clean-up operation at the building at Willow Place Shopping Centre in Corby following the blaze on 30 December.

It is hoped the car park will be fully operational within three weeks.

Seven people were arrested following the fire, which forced stores including New Look, River Island and WH Smith to close due to smoke damage.

Corby town centre director Dan Pickard said contractors were working to repair the main car park site and a cellar area where the fire started.

Image caption Seven people have been arrested and bailed following the fire
Image caption Repairs to the car park at Willow Place Shopping Centre are likely to cost at least a million pounds

He said: "Once that is done we can get our structural engineers in to check the integrity of all the steel works, which are showing signs of warping, and to make sure the rest of the structure is sound."

Two men, aged 19 and 20, and five boys, two aged 14 and three aged 12, 13 and 17, were arrested following the fire. They have all been released on police bail.

Police say the fire, which was attended by six fire engines and more than 30 firefighters, was started deliberately.

Image caption Corby town centre director Dan Pickard said structural engineers would have to assess the site
Image caption Seven people were arrested following the fire at the end of December.

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