A fire that ravaged a pet store in Ilkeston was considered accidental after an investigation was carried out.
The fire broke out at the 1st 4 Pets shop in Bath Street, Ilkeston, just before 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 9.
Incident commander Steve Ratcliffe told Nottinghamshire Live that there were “no pets inside during the fire” and that the business owner and his family had attempted to to extinguish the fire.
On Monday 11 October, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue confirmed the findings of their investigation – that the fire was likely caused by an open flame coming into contact with combustible materials.
A spokesperson for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue said: “The fire investigation of this incident concluded that the most likely cause was accidental due to an open flame coming into contact with combustible materials.”
A statement from the pet store on Facebook read: “Everyone is safe, luckily no animals were in the store.
“Thank you for all the offers of help, we will try to answer everyone but for now everyone is safe and that is what is important.”
Derbyshire Fire Chief Steve Ratcliffe previously said: “The owner of the business and his family were in the building at the time of the blaze, they attempted to tackle the blaze without success.
“They did well.”
A Derbyshire Police spokesperson said: ‘We were called by the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service to report a fire at a pet store on Bath Street in Ilkeston just before 5pm on Saturday 9th October.
“Two people were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.
“Significant damage was caused to the animal facility and adjoining premises.
“There is no ongoing criminal investigation.”
Bath Street residents were stunned when the fire broke out on Saturday, flames erupted from a window and several fire teams were dispatched to deal with the blaze.
Retired 66-year-old Trev Jolly said: “[I’ve] not seen a lot of things like this happen here before.
“I just saw him – I was just coming here to take money out of the bank.
“You can see the smoke rising though, I’ve never seen so many fire trucks.”
1st 4 Pets has been approached for further comments.