Deliberate fire causes £700,000 damage to Tesco store in Glasgow

Police are investigating a deliberate fire that caused more than £700,000 of damage to a Tesco store in Glasgow.

The fire started after rubbish that was piled against a fence between Old Shettleston Road and Cockenzie Street, in Shettleston, was set alight.

The blaze took hold at about 13;15 on Wednesday and spread to the rear of the Tesco store causing an explosion in the electrical units.

No-one was hurt but some nearby homes were hit by a power blackout.

Det Sgt Colin MacRitchie, of Police Scotland, said: "Not only was the setting of this fire irresponsible, it was also very dangerous and could have caused serious injury.

Power blackout

"Thankfully, on this occasion, no one was hurt, however, a number of homes in the area were without power for two hours as a result of this reckless act.

"The cost of the damage to Tesco runs into hundreds of thousands of pounds as there was substantial damage within the compound, to the electrical units and to stock."

Det Sgt MacRitchie added: "Our inquiries so far have established that there were a number of children, pupils from a nearby school, in the lane at the time as it was during their lunch break.

"It is possible they may have seen someone setting the fire or acting suspiciously in the area so I would appeal to them to contact police with information that may help us without enquiries.

"The path between Old Shettleston Road and Cockenzie Street is used as a short cut by local people heading to and from Greenfields and is overlooked by a number of residential properties.

"Again, I would ask that those who use the short cut or overlook the path to contact police."

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Glasgow & West



16 °C 11 °C

Scotland Live

    @bbcscotlandnews using #scotlandlive 08:08: Your Pictures

    Douglas Sinclair tweets: Red sky in the morning in the island paradise of Orkney.

    08:06: Sturgeon urges welfare reform delay

    Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has appealed for major UK welfare reform to be put on hold in Scotland.

    She has written to Prime Minister David Cameron asking for a delay until plans for new powers at the Scottish parliament are considered.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Universal credit is replacing six benefits and tax credits for working-age people with a single payment.

    It is being phased in across the UK by 2017 and is already available to some claimants in Inverness.

    Lord Smith's commission has been set up to seek agreement on a further devolution of powers to Holyrood.

    08:02: Weather forecast BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Good morning, Kirsteen here. Mostly dry today during daylight hours, with some brightness & sunshine. S/W winds will strengthen along the west coast... reaching severe gale-force across the Western Isles, Skye & n/w coast. Gusts of up to 65mph. Rain will spread from the west later, too.

    08:00: Welcome Thomas McGuigan BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team on Thursday 2 October as we bring you a comprehensive round up of news, sport, travel and weather between now and 18:00.



BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.