Store fire charges laid

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 05:00 04/08/2012

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The mother and grandmother of the young child who started a fire in New Plymouth's Pak'n Save have been charged.

The supermarket was filled with choking fumes and had to remain closed for a day after a fire was deliberately lit in the nappy aisle on July 11. Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock ruined by fire and smoke had to be thrown out.

Police were powerless to take action against the culprit because the child was too young.

Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Coward said two women who were with the child at the supermarket had been summonsed to appear in court on August 15.

Mr Coward said the pair had been charged with leaving a child under the age of 14 without adequate supervision.

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