Nearby shops have become worrying after the fire at the famous children’s clothing store in Nottinghamshire

Local businesses in Kirkby-in-Ashfield say they remained concerned after a fire at a popular children’s clothing store.

Emergency services were called to Iris Bloom after it was set on fire in an arson attack on January 6.

Two firefighters were needed to extinguish the blaze, but no injuries were reported.

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Shop owner Samantha Boffey previously told Nottinghamshire Live that the fire was ‘soul destroying’ and that her shop was ‘completely smoke damaged and all clothing is smoke damaged’.

Neighboring businesses say they are concerned and did not expect this to happen on their doorstep.

Irfan Moha, 48, owner of the Daily Foodhall, Kingsway, said he was taking his own precautions.

Mr Moha said: “I also have a letterbox outside and I’m a little worried – I’m going to put a metal object to close the letterbox.

“It’s a pretty popular store, it’s been there for quite a while. They have more experience than me. I moved to this place seven months ago.

“It’s just a clothing store. What’s the point of putting something in their store to burn? It will affect their whole life.

Claire Lilley, 48, owner of Artful Buttoner, Kingsway, says no one should have to worry about incidents like this.

She said: ‘At night we are closed so we have a shutter in the front and the back is completely closed.

“To be honest, she really worked hard – she seemed to be doing very well.

“She’s always had nice things, so I can imagine for her it’s absolutely devastating – her whole stock and everything is ruined.

“I feel for her – it’s not nice at all.

“You shouldn’t have to roll down your shutters, you shouldn’t have to worry about someone breaking your windows or putting petrol in your mailbox.

“It’s dangerous especially for the tenants upstairs.”

Jack Neale, 19, a salesman at Paper Kisses, told Nottinghamshire Live you wouldn’t expect such a thing to happen on your doorstep.

Mr Neale said: “I think it makes you aware of how things like this can happen.

“A lot of our customers are elderly, so it would probably have a negative effect on them.

“It keeps you on your toes, but we’re a card shop, so you wouldn’t expect something like this to be on your doorstep.”

Detective Sergeant Matt Scott said: ‘We are investigating this fire, which we are treating as having been set deliberately.

“I urge anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area or has other information to come forward.

“We would also be keen to speak to anyone who may have dash cam footage or private CCTV of the area.”

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