Three teenagers and man arrested after large fire in Northamptonshire car park

The fire in Willow Place, Corby. Picture by town centre director Dan Pickard
The fire in Willow Place, Corby. Picture by town centre director Dan Pickard

Four people have been arrested following a large fire at a Northamptonshire car park last night and police believe other people may also have been involved.

Emergency services were called to the Willow Place car park scene at 6.15pm on Tuesday night and police officers helped to evacuate nearby properties while the fire service managed and extinguished the fire.

The damage caused by the fire in the Willow Place shopping centre in Corby, pictured the morning after the blaze

The damage caused by the fire in the Willow Place shopping centre in Corby, pictured the morning after the blaze

The cause of the fire is still to be established, with fire investigators and police scenes of crime officers attending the building this morning.

However, police arrested four people in Corby last night on suspicion of arson. Two teenage boys, aged 14 and 17 and two men, aged 19 and 20, remain in custody this morning.

Despite these arrests, police believe other people may also have been involved in the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Lyall, said: “This was a large fire that caused significant damage to the car park and nearby shops.

“We would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the area late yesterday afternoon and saw anything suspicious or who may have any information about the fire

“We would also like to speak to anyone who may have seen a group of young people running away from the scene just after 6pm and we would also like to speak to anyone lives with anyone who returned home last night smelling of smoke and acting suspiciously.

“Witnesses or anyone with information about this incident are asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Police patrols will be taking place in the town centre today to offer reassurance to anyone who may have any concerns.

Anne Street remains closed while the investigation takes place.

Area Manager David Harding, from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, praised the actions of fire, police and local security staff in working together to keep the public safe and minimise the impact of the very large and intense fire.

He said: “Without the combined efforts of the fire service in limiting the spread of the fire and the work of the police and security staff to evacuate people from the risk area, the outcomes could have been even more serious.”