Published: 00:13, 09 June 2017
Police have closed their investigation into how a massive fire in Faversham town centre started.
More than a month after the blaze in Preston Street shops are yet to reopen and mystery remains as to how the fire was sparked.
A day after the fire caused serious damage to three buildings on the evening of April 22, police said they were treating it as suspicious as residents and business owners dealt with the aftermath – but their investigations have proved fruitless.
A police spokesman said: “The investigation has concluded and the victims have been updated that the case will be filed pending further information received from the public.”
Chris Staff, who owns Empire Menswear, said they are yet to open again but the roof was completely removed on Monday to make way for repairs.
He said: “Hopefully I will get a provisional date at the end of next week about when the work will start and we can reopen.”
Faversham Furnishing remains closed and some residents living in the surrounding buildings are still unable to go home.
Newly published photographs show the roof above the former Mackay & Co solicitors, which was the worst hit building.
Six fire engines, police and paramedics arrived at around 9pm as flames lit up the night sky, watched by a large number of shocked bystanders who had congregated.
People living nearby were forced to evacuate as thick black smoke filled the air. Fire crews remained there until the morning.