Plymouth city centre fire causes major problems for shoppers

-Credit: (Image: William Telford)
-Credit: (Image: William Telford)


A fire in a Plymouth city centre car park has caused major problems for disabled shoppers. Police are investigating the cause of the blaze at Mayflower Street East car park, which happened at about 7pm on Saturday, June 8.

The fire caused extensive damage to a door into the Access Plymouth offices in the ground floor of the car park. It meant the charity, which provides mobility help for disabled people, was not able to operate on Monday, June 10, and one doorway into the building is now out of action.

An organisation representing the disabled has called the blaze “vandalism” and said it has restricted the ability of disabled people to shop in the city centre. Access Plymouth - which has Shopmobility, Dial-A-Ride and Community Car services - stressed it is able to operate from today (Tuesday, June 11) and disabled shoppers can collect mobility scooters from the main entrance inside the car park.

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An Access Plymouth spokesperson said: “We are open at the moment. People should just turn up in the car park and there will be a scooter ready for them as per usual.”

Bruce Abbott, chair of Plymouth Area Disability Action Network (PADAN), said whoever caused the fire had caused problems for disabled people wanting to shop in the city centre. He said: “It’s vandalism and impinges on the ability of disabled people to use facilities. And some people will be worried about going out now.”

Pictures show a door and doorway into the ground floor offices in the car park badly damaged by flames with other items, including a chair and what was described by police as a tent, damaged or destroyed. When PlymouthLive attended the scene there was still a strong smell of smoke two days after the blaze.

Damage caused by a blaze in Mayflower Street East car park in June 2024 -Credit:William Telford
Damage caused by a blaze in Mayflower Street East car park in June 2024 -Credit:William Telford

Police have said they are carrying out inquiries after the fire. A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said the incident occurred shortly after 7pm on June 8 and officers were called to assist firefighters from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

It is understood a tent at the car park was severely damaged but fortunately it was not occupied at the time. Police are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call police on 101 or contact them online here quoting log number 773 of 8/6/2024.

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