Spar to rise from ashes

Padiham Road Spar demolished in Burnley
Padiham Road Spar demolished in Burnley

A BURNLEY shop which was destroyed in a £1m. arson inferno is set to be rebuilt.

The Spar store, in Padiham Road, was gutted in firebomb attack after 20ft. flames tore through the building last month. Bulldozers were brought in to demolish the charred remnants of the shop last week.

But bosses at the retail giant confirmed that plans were already being made to construct a new store on the site.

A spokesman for Spar said: “Following the irreparable damage caused by an arson attack to the Padiham Road store, the site was made safe in line with health and safety requirements.

“Spar is currently liaising with the local authority to secure planning permission and re-develop the site, returning a store to the area for local customers as quickly as possible.”

However, Burnley Borough Council said a planning application had yet to be submitted by the company.

Ben Young (19), of Thorn Street, is due to be sentenced on March 25th after admitting the arson attack.

He pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

Families living nearby had to be evacuated from their homes as 25 firefighters fought 20ft. high flames.

The prosecution estimated the blaze may have caused £1m. worth of damage to the store.