Ely Job Centre targeted by arsonists

PUBLISHED: 10:42 01 August 2007 | UPDATED: 12:43 04 May 2010

Information is being sought about the attack

Information is being sought about the attack

POLICE are looking for arsonists after Ely Job Centre was set alight early on Monday morning. Firefighters were called to the Market Street building at 3.17am and four crews eventually got the fire under control at 5.50am. Karen Carter, who lives on Mark

The boarded up Job Centre after the arsonists struck

POLICE are looking for arsonists after Ely Job Centre was set alight early on Monday morning.

Firefighters were called to the Market Street building at 3.17am and four crews eventually got the fire under control at 5.50am.

Karen Carter, who lives on Market Street, metres from the building, made the 999 call after being woken by the job centre's alarm.

She said: "I looked out of my window and saw smoke everywhere. It was a massive fire and a really frightening. It was lucky that I woke up because the fire was spreading quickly and I was worried about the animals in the pet shop next door."

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue confirmed that the fire was started deliberately.

She said: "The arsonists broke into the building and set fire to some rubbish under the stairwell near the door. A chair caught fire and spread thick, black smoke quickly."

Anyone with information should contact police on 0845 4564564 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 55511.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ely Standard. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Ely Standard