Denmark Centre fire: Investigation continues into blaze and suspected break-in at South Shields shopping arcade
Police are continuing to investigate after a fire destroyed the roof of South Shields’ Denmark Centre.
The roof of the shopping centre has been completely destroyed by the fire, while shops and businesses inside have suffered from significant damage caused by the heat and smoke.
Following the incident Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that the cause of the fire is currently under investigation and that no one had been injured.
Meanwhile Denmark Centre shop Cardstation was targeted in a suspected break-in around the same time as the fire, which saw two of its stockroom windows smashed and a number of items stolen.
Owners Pam Mullen and Joy Luther, said it appeared that intruders had stolen some Christmas decorations and stock, although the amount taken is not yet clear.
Today, Monday, April 26, Northumbria Police confirmed that officers are continuing to carry out enquiries into the two incidents which they are treating as linked.
A spokeswoman for the force said: “Enquiries are ongoing.”
Following the incident last week a Northumbria Police spokesman said: “On Thursday morning we were alerted by the fire service to a roof fire at the Denmark Centre in South Shields.
“Officers also received a report of a suspected break-in at Cardstation where an offender gained access to the store and stole a quantity of items.
“We are currently treating the incidents as linked. Enquiries are ongoing.”