Waitrose 'minutes from destruction' after suspected arson
Waitrose in Hampton almost went up in flames on Sunday, following a suspected arson attack on recycling bins behind the store.
Temporary watch manager at Twickenham, Ian Devine, said if firefighters had arrived 10 minutes later, the store would have gone up in a blaze.
Firefighters attended the scene at approximately 2am on Sunday, October 28, where four recycling bins were on fire.
The fire had also melted a light outside the store and spread to a nearby fence.
Mr Devine said: “We got there just in time because it was getting close to the roof – the whole of Waitrose could’ve gone up.”
Fire fighters believe the fire was started deliberately as they could not find an ignition source.
Mr Devine said: “I think it’s just kids messing about.”
It is believe that police are not following up on the incident.