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Fire at Gentleman's club after car hits building
The Ladies and Gentleman club in Victoria Road which caught fire this morning after a car smashed into the front of the building.
THE owner of a ladies and gentleman’s club has been left devastated after seeing his business go up in smoke this morning.
A black Honda reversed into the frontage of Dream Lounge, in Regents Circus, at around 7am this morning.
The driver proceeded to get out of the car through the sun roof and poured petrol over the car setting the club on fire.
All occupants of the building escaped unhurt but were left shaken by the incident.
The driver had fled the scene by the time Wiltshire Police arrived.
Two appliances and an aerial appliance from Swindon attended the blaze along with an appliance from Stratton.
Group manager Mark Fuller said: “We were called to reports of a car fire at 7.11am this morning.
“Within 90 seconds we had more information it involved a building so another appliance was called. When we arrived it was an intense fire with the flames reaching the roofline.
“The occupant had self evacuated and said there was no one else in the building.
“Four officers with breathing apparatus searched to confirm this.
“The adjacent premises were also evacuated up to Fratellis as a precaution.
“The fire was out by roughly 8am.
“Fans are being used to clear the smoke and loose debris is being cleared to make the building safe.
“Fire investigation officers and police SOCO will be conducting a joint investigation.
“We hope to have Regent Circus fully open by 9.30am to cause as little inconvenience as possible.”
Wiltshire Police are appealing for information regarding the incident and want to hear from anyone who was around the area at the time.
Sergeant Mark Simpson said: 'It is extremely fortunate that no one was injured in this incident.
"We are conducting a thorough investigation with colleagues from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, including analysis of CCTV in the area.
"We know that there were several people in the area shortly before the car hit the building and I would like to hear from anyone with information.'
Residents in the adjoining premises have been allowed back in to their homes.
Traffic was disrupted as roads in the area were closed to enable the fire to be dealt with safely and those closures will be lifted shortly.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact Sgt Simpson at Swindon Gablecross Police Station on 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 where details may be left anonymously if preferred.