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Sturry library shut after suspected arson attack

Sturry library on fire. Picture: Michael Collins
Sturry library on fire. Picture: Michael Collins

Flames erupt from Sturry library. Picture: Michael Collins

A library has been damaged in a suspected arson attack after a bin was pushed up against the building and set alight.

Three fire crews were called to Sturry library, near Canterbury, at about 8.30pm on Sunday.

They managed to stop the blaze spreading, but some of the roof and internal areas - including books - were damaged.

Fire investigators are examining the source of the blaze, which is believed to be the rubbish bin.

The library, in Chafy Crescent, has been shut while police investigate the fire.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Sacha Taylor said: "Our investigators and police forensic officers are at the scene this morning to establish the cause of the fire which, at this time, is believed to have been started deliberately."

Kent County Council spokesman Lisa Whitbread said: "The library has had to close but the plan is to re-open as soon as possible.

"However, if after assessment the repairs are likely to take some time, staff will be looking at providing library services at alternative premises in Sturry."

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the Sturry arealast night or has any other information which could help theinvestigation is asked to phoneKent Police on 101or Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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