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Police treating Shotton community centre fire as suspicious

Nearby households were evacuated after fire broke out at the centre

Police are treating a fire at a community centre in Flintshire, which caused more than 100 people to be evacuated from their homes, as suspicious.

The fire at Shotton Lane Social Club, Shotton, started in the early hours of the morning on Friday 4 February.

The cause of the blaze which destroyed the empty building in Shotton Lane has yet to be determined, but North Wales Police are treating the fire as suspicious.

Watch Rob Shelley’s report from Friday 4 February

Flintshire Muslim Cultural Society had an offer accepted to buy the property, which it said it planned to turn into a multi-cultural centre.

The site has been secured as a crime scene by police, but is currently unsafe to enter

DCI Graham Talbot said of North Wales Police said:

“A structural engineer has assessed the building over the weekend and it is unsafe for anyone to enter.

“Once the site is safe to enter further forensic examination will be carried out.

“I am, therefore, unable to establish at this time whether deliberate ignition was the cause. However, it is suspected at this stage and the investigation is being treated as such.”

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call North Wales Police on 101, if in Wales, or 08456071001 (Welsh line) 08456071002 (English line).

Alternatively call Crimestoppers Cymru/Wales anonymously on 0800 555 111

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