A severe fire at Mr Big Deal in Tunstall was started deliberately an investigation has found.
"Following a joint investigation between ourselves and Staffordshire Police we have established that the fire was deliberately started.”
Fire Investigation Officer Kelvin Knapper
Fire Investigation Officer Kelvin Knapper said: “Following a joint investigation between ourselves and Staffordshire Police we have established that the fire was deliberately started.”
Firefighters have been at the scene since late Sunday night and are expected to leave the incident later today.
CI Adrian Roberts, commander of Stoke-on-Trent North Local Policing Team (LPT),
which covers Tunstall, said: "We recognise the fire has had a significant impact on the town centre.
"We would like to thank local people and businesses for their patience and understanding during this period of disruption.
"Detectives are now conducting an investigation into this fire and we want to hear from anyone who saw suspicious persons and/or activity around the shop late on Sunday night (June 22).
"Anyone who can help is asked to contact us on 101 quoting incident number 821 of June 22, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."