Morecambe toy shop fire update: Three teens arrested

The scene at Joys Toys on Albert Road in Morecambe on Thursday. Pic: Michelle Blade
The scene at Joys Toys on Albert Road in Morecambe on Thursday. Pic: Michelle Blade

Police have arrested three teenagers in connection with a fire at a toy shop in Morecambe.

A 14-year-old boy from Morecambe has been arrested on suspicion of arson, theft and assaulting an officer after the fire at Joy’s Toys in the West End.

Two boys, aged 14 and 15, also from Morecambe, have been arrested on suspicion of arson and theft.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fire crews were still at the scene on Thursday after the blaze, which affected a row of terraced buildings on Albert Road.

Search and rescue crews were securing the shop and checking no-one was still trapped in the gutted building.

A fire service spokesman said seven fire engines were called to the scene in Albert Road, West End, Morecambe at 5.30pm on Wednesday.

The fire at Joy’s Toys spread to adjoining shop Gladrags and Handbags and police evacuated parts of the area.

One man, thought to be the owner of the toy shop, was evacuated and taken to hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation.

Police said he was released later that night.

The shop is run by Stanley Joy.

A spokesman for Electricity NorthWest said: “Sixty two customers lost power but engineers arrived and all but two customers were connected by 3am on Thursday.

“Repairs are still being carried out but the remaining two customers should have power soon.”

A police spokesman said: “The fire quickly spread through the store and up three floors and into the roof space.

“It also affected adjoining properties due to the damage to the roof and a number of people were evacuated for safety reasons.

“Lancashire Fire and Rescue brought the fire under control following several hours.

“Fortunately, nobody was injured although there is extensive fire damage to the building.”

Anyone with information about the incident can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1027 of January 6.