Liskeard Homebase fire 'was an accident'
A fire that destroyed a third of the stock at the Liskeard branch of Homebase was caused accidentally, say the company.
Dozens of firefighters battled the blaze, which began just after midnight, on Saturday, No one was injured in the fire.
The company said today that fire investigators had now confirmed that they do not believe the fire was started intentionally.
Spokesman Adam Manning said: “We now know that the cause was accidental - we are just relieved that no-one was hurt.
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“The fire was extinguished by 7am. I can't say how much damage has been done nor how many staff will be affected.
"For health and safety reasons we will not be trading until we can assess the extent of the damage.’’
One fire crew from Liskeard arrived on the scene followed by further crews after reports of fire within the Homebase unit.
Other appliances attended after a report of smoke billowing from the eaves, followed by crews from Callington, Looe, Lostwithiel, Saltash, Bodmin, Wadebridge and St Austell.
Specialist appliances from Launceston and St Austell were also called in, as well as water carriers from Liskeard and Wadebridge and a hydraulic platform from Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.
By 2am the building, measuring 70 metres by 30 metres, was heavily smoke-logged and firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus and using main jets, gained entry to the building.
At 3am the interior of the premises was well alight and the fire was being battled from the outside with water monitors being used on all four sides of the building.
Smoke was blowing over the A38 at 5am and causing severe traffic disruption, forcing the Liskeard exit slip road of the A38 to be closed in both directions at the Island Shop junction.
A safety assessment was undertaken and it was deemed unsafe for firefighters to continue inside the building.
The blaze caused problems for motorists heading in and out of Liskeard.