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Arson fear as fire takes hold at Polish shop
12:20pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
A POLISH family’s business has been destroyed by a fire which police are treating as suspicious.
Danuta and Richard Cekus have run a shop in Cricklade Road for nearly two years. They were called by police in the middle of Tuesday night to be told it was on fire.
Two fire engines, one from Swindon and one from Westlea, were sent out at 1am to tackle the blaze. The fire was largely out when they arrived but one hose reel was used.
Mrs Cekus said two doors and a large amount of stock have been destroyed in the fire.
“I don’t know why anyone would want to do this,” said Danuta, 58. “I’m not sure if our insurance will cover this. If they don’t then we won’t ever be able to open again because of the damage.”
The family works at the shop seven days a week to ensure the business is a success.
Agnes Kownacka, 35, of Beatrice Street, who uses the shop to buy food said she was shocked by the incident.
“It does make me feel uncomfortable to think this shop may have been targeted,” she said. “It makes me wonder whether we are safe living here.”
CCTV images have been passed to the police of two offenders who were seen stopping outside the premises.
A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “We were called to the scene at 1am, following reports of a fire at a Polish shop. It appears that somebody has put something through the letterbox and set it on fire. The incident is being treated as suspicious and an investigation has been launched between ourselves and the fire brigade.
“We would like to hear from anyone in the area at the time.”
Call police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.