Burnley arson attack Spar store to be rebuilt

REBUILD PLANS:  The Spar shop site on Padiham Road.
REBUILD PLANS: The Spar shop site on Padiham Road.

A mini-market torched in a £1m. arson attack is set to rise from the ashes.

The Spar shop, in Padiham Road, was burned to the ground in a blaze started by a Burnley teenager in January.

But in the same week that arsonist Ben Young (19) was jailed for four years, councillors gave the green light for the store to be rebuilt.

The shop went up in flames after the trouble teenager, of Thorn Street, chiselled a hole in the roof and pour petrol and burning tissues in on January 6th.

But the blaze burned out of control and the offender had to be rescued from the roof of the store by firefighters.

The building was so badly damaged in the fire that demolition crews had to pull down the charred remains.

It has remained closed since the incident but bosses at the supermarket chain wanted to reopen the store as early as possible for customers and staff.

Plans were submitted to Burnley Council’s Development Control Committee to rebuild on the land which was also a former car showroom.

Blueprints show a one storey 430 sq m building which was granted permission.