Whitby's Costa Coffee closed following fire damage

A coffee shop in the heart of Whitby will remain closed following a fire.

Thursday, 2nd May 2019, 9:47 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd May 2019, 1:31 pm
Police enquiries are ongoing to determine how the fire started on Baxtergate

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident at Costa Coffee, on Baxtergate, which suffered damage to the exterior shop front and 15% fire damage inside.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue attended the incident at 12.10am on Wednesday April 24 after a report of a number of bin bags alight against the building.

Crews from Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay found that this was in fact due to a fire to a wheelie bin which is believed to have been caused accidentally by a dropped light.

Part of the shop front is boarded up following the fire damage

The fire was extinguished by 12.55am.

A spokesperson from Costa Coffee confirmed that the store will remain closed until further notice and it is now a police matter.

A police spokesperson said: “Enquiries are ongoing to determine how the fire started. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101, select option 1 and pass the information to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference 12190073560.”