A doctor’s surgery in Dorset has been damaged after a suspected arson attack was carried out on the premises in the early hours of the morning June 12th.
More than 40 firefighters were called to the practice in Canford Heath, Poole, at around 2.30am.
Crews could not prevent the roof of the surgery from collapsing despite arriving on the scene quickly.
The fire is believed to have been started by arsonists as a wheelie bin was found alight by the front door of the surgery.
Local ward councillor Chris Matthews told the Bournemouth Echo: “It’s devastating for the community. This a very well used surgery running a full service thoughout the week and I am horrified by what’s happened.”
A ‘suitable and sufficient’ fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties in England and Wales, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
If the fire risk assessment is deemed to be carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or a prison sentence of up to two years.