Farm shop fire being treated as arson

The Malt Kiln Farm Shop has been devastated by fire.
The Malt Kiln Farm Shop has been devastated by fire.

The Fire Service has confirmed that a fire which destroyed Malt Kiln Farm shop in Stretton-under-Fosse on Sunday night is being treated as an arson attack.

Investigating officers have spent the last few days working through the debris and wreckage to try and determine a cause.

And today (Wednesday) a spokesperson said: ”Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are treating this fire as deliberate and we are working with Warwickshire Police who are investigating it.”

The popular family-owned farm shop went up in flames late on Sunday night, with firefighters working into the early hours of the morning to extinguish the flames.

Five fire engines from Rugby, Nuneaton, Coventry and Binley, the command support vehicle, water bowser and aerial platform from Leamington Spa were deployed to tackle the blaze.

On their Facebook page, the Malt Kiln Farm Shop owners described the result of the fire as a scene of “total devastation”.

But this morning, a spokesperson for the shop said: “We have re-opened the pick-your-own area. We’re here with makeshift tills, the office phone is still working, we have some ready-picked fruit we can sell and we’ve even got a portable toilet on site!

“We’re just picking ourselves up and carrying on in that old fashioned way.”