By Dan Santy 06/07 Updated: 24/07 09:27
DETECTIVES investigating an arson attack on a Bilton shop believe the attacker could have suffered burns
while setting fire to the shop.
They are convinced someone may know who was responsible for the blaze which led to a huge gas explosion which destroyed the All in One shop in the early hours of Thursday July 5
And detectives are appealing for for help as they think the arsonist could have burned themselves or their clothing.
DC Sarah Clapham, who is leading the investigation, said: "As well as assisting with the investigation, we are very concerned for the welfare of the person involved due to the burns they may have suffered.”
"We would also like to hear from any witnesses who saw anyone in the area of the shop between 10.30pm on Wednesday July 4 and 12.30am on Thursday July 5 as they may hold important information that could help us identify who started the fire."
Ten people living in flats above the Freemantle Road store had to be rescued by firefighters, using ladders and ropes, following the explosion shortly before 12.45am.
All escaped unharmed but fire chiefs say it was a 'miracle' no one was actually killed.
Officers are urging anyone who has encountered a person suffering from burns to themselves or their clothing since the fire, or who may have information relating to it, to call DC Clapham at Rugby Police Station on 01926 415000 ext 6139, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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