Ely Job Centre targeted by arsonists

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

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."


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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."

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

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