Police don’t believe the huge fire which engulfed a Nantwich metal merchants and brought traffic around the town to a standstill was not suspicious.

The blaze at Garratt’s Metals, on Alvaston Business Park, forced police to close the A500, A51 and A530 routes in the Reaseheath and Sainsbury’s area because of thick plumes of smoke affecting drivers.

Dozens of firefighters battled the blaze for much of the day on Friday, but no one was hurt in the incident. Some roads were closed until the early afternoon.

Cheshire Police said today the cause remains “unexplained” but said it “was not believed to be suspicious”. Investigations continue.

Meanwhile, detectives are probing a suspicious fire at Woody′s Bar in Crewe on Saturday (October 8th).

The blaze happened between 5.15am and 5.45am, when a man was seen acting suspiciously outside the windows of the bar in Mill Street.

A fire was then started on the outside of the window causing damage.  The occupants were evacuated and no one was injured.

The man acting suspiciously is white, stocky build, and wore dark clothing.

Anyone with information contact DC Claire Jesson at Crewe CID on 0845 458 0000 quoting incident number 276 of 8 October 2011, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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