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Arson suspected following fire at rear of former Argos store in the High Street, High Wycombe

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Arson is suspected following a fire at rear of the former Argos store in the High Street, High Wycombe.

At 2.03pm on Saturday 27th October 2018, firefighters were called to a fire at the rear of the former Argos store in the High Street, High Wycombe.

The fire was in bins at the rear of the empty building in St Mary Street, High Wycombe. Two fire appliances with crews attended from High Wycombe fire station as well as one from Gerrards Cross fire station. An officer also attended.

Two sets of breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet, one main jet and two Positive Pressure Ventilation fans were used during the operation to extinguish the fire.

The fire mostly caused superficial damage however a tent belonging to a member of the homeless community also caught fire. Nobody was injured as a result of the fire.

Thames Valley Police have launched an appeal for witnesses to the fire which is being investigated as a incident of suspected arson.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Dan Tucker, of Force CID based at High Wycombe police station, said: ‘We are keeping an open mind on the cause of the fire, although one theory is that this was a deliberate act.

I am appealing to anybody who was in the area near to the old Argos building at around 2pm on Saturday who believes they have witnessed anything unusual, to call 101, quoting reference number 43180328430.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or visit https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/ and provide all the details there.

Fortunately, nobody was injured in this incident, and the fire was extinguished quickly.

I am appealing to anybody who has any information about this incident, to contact police.

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