Police launch probe into massive blaze at Poundstretcher store

Sixteen fire crews were battling the blaze in Leven on Tuesday morning.

Police launch probe into fire at Leven Poundstretcher store after Fife town shut down during blaze Briony Alexandra Paddon

Police are probing whether a fire at a high street shop in Fife was started deliberately.

More than a dozen fire crews rushed to the scene at the branch of Poundstretchers in Leven at around 2am on Tuesday morning to battle the blaze.

Large plumes of smoke were seen billowing from the building and officers locked down the surrounding area for several hours.

No one was injured in the incident, but police are now carrying out an initial investigation into the cause of the fire.

Detective inspector Karen Muirhead said: “Poundstetchers and other local businesses have been significantly affected by this fire and our enquiries are ongoing to establish how the fire started.

“It would appear the alarm has been raised around 2am and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended.

“We would be keen to speak with anyone who was in the area between 11pm and 2am as they may have witnessed something which may assist the enquiry.”

DI Muirhead added: “I am also appealing to anyone who has any information which may assist us to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident 0231 of November 8.

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