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Maidstone shops remain closed after Week Street fire

Maidstone fire Image copyright Kent Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption At the height of the fire, 15 fire engines were at the scene

Eleven shops in Maidstone town centre are to remain closed until further notice after a fire that severely damaged four stores.

At the height of the blaze on Monday, 15 fire engines were sent to the scene at The Works bookshop in Week Street.

Maidstone Borough Council has said work to make the area safe should be complete by the weekend and the exclusion zone has been reduced.

Several fires were started in the town centre in the early hours.

Kent Police are treating them as suspicious.

A man was arrested but released without charge on Tuesday.

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