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Police appeal for witnesses to Saltney tanning salon fire

ARSONISTS who wreaked thousands of pounds of damage and destroyed a tanning salon are being hunted by police.

The ground floor of Ultra Sun on Chester Street, Saltney, was found ablaze by passers-by shortly before 2.30am today, Friday, January 20.

Police remained at the scene until 1.30pm as crime scene investigators moved in to scour the building for clues about how the fire started.

Fire and police officers are asking for help from the public to trace two men in connection with the fire.

Three fire engines from Chester and Ellesmere Port were on the scene within minutes. Using hose reel water jets crews wearing breathing apparatus prevented the fire from spreading to neighbouring properties on the terrace.

But five tanning pods and the front of the salon have been completely destroyed by the fire.

Colin Heyes, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s arson reduction manager and the fire investigation officer for this incident, said: “It’s thanks to the swift action of the passers-by who reported the fire and our firefighters that it didn’t spread further.

“Nevertheless, the fire has caused significant damage to this business and for that reason we would urge anyone with information to contact the police or Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information should contact Cheshire police on 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.