Moment blaze breaks out in Asda after ‘arsonists set fire dozens of loo rolls’ leaving trolley-loads of scorched shelving and ruined goods
- Video footage shows the moment fire took hold at an Asda supermarket in Wales
- The fire started at around 12.30am this morning and appears to have taken place in the toilet roll
- Fireighters fought the flames for more than two hours as the supermarket was evacuated
This is the moment a fire took hold in the aisle of an Asda supermarket in the early hours of this morning.
The blaze quickly took hold and flames rose from the shelves as shocked customers looked on.
The fire started at around 12.30am this morning and appears to have taken place in the toilet roll aisle with footage showing flames ripping through shelving units.
Firefighters were called to the suspected arson attack on the store in Tonypandy, Rhondda, shortly before 1am.
The blaze quickly took hold and flames rose from the shelves as shocked customers looked on
Firefighters were called to the suspected arson attack on the store shortly before 1am
A shopper set fire to an Asda supermarket by lighting a blaze in the toilet roll aisle
They fought the flames for more than two hours as the supermarket was evacuated and workers and shoppers watched from the car park.
A spokeswoman for Asda said: ‘Following an incident last night our Tonypandy store is currently closed.
‘We’re pleased that no-one was hurt and would like to thank the emergency services and our colleagues for their quick response.
‘We’ll be working hard to ensure the store is open for business as soon as possible.’
Police are understood to be reviewing CCTV footage to see exactly how the blaze began.
South Wales Fire and Rescue said they were called to the fire at 12.37am.
Sam Sheppard, who was outside the Asda store at the time of the incident, said the emergency services arrived within minutes of the fire starting.
‘I stayed there until roughly 2.40am and the fire crews and police were still there,’ said the 18-year-old.
‘There didn’t appear to be too many people shopping at the time – mainly workers restocking shelves and construction workers who were refitting the store.
‘Everyone seemed to be annoyed and just shocked at the whole situation.’