A 24-year-old man and 43-year-old woman were arrested and will appear in Auckland District Court and Rotorua District Court respectively.

There has been local speculation around who was responsible, police said in a statement.

“We can confirm that the two people arrested in relation to the fire are not the owners of the business.

“There are safety concerns regarding the structural safety of the building and Police request that people stay well away.”

A block of shops opposite the riverside domain went up in flames at 1.15am Friday morning.

Fire had engulfed three shops in the block between Tamamutu St and Horomatangi St, Northern Fire Communications shift manager Craig Dally said.

The fire stretched about 30 by 10 metres and was “well alight”, he said.

A total of 10 crews from Taupō, Rotorua, Kinloch and Tokoroa were called with around 50 firefighters on site at the peak.

By 6am the fire was out and under control.

A scene examination is ongoing and is expected to continue on Saturday.

Source: Taupo Times

Image: Supplied

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