Smoke billowing from a Seaford shop in the early hours of this morning.

The Central Store Alfirston Road Seaford after the fire on 26th Oct 2017

A ‘suspected arson’ attack left smoke billowing from a Seaford shop in the early hours of this morning.

Fire crews from Forest Row and Newhaven were called to a fire at the Central shop in Alfriston Road at 1.23am today (Thursday, October 26).

Sussex police said: “The cause (of the fire) was considered suspicious and the incident is currently being investigated as arson.”

A member of staff from the shop pointed out offensive, racist, graffiti to the front of the building and said: “It looks like someone has set fire to it.”

Ray O’Donoghue, 77, lives on Alfriston Road said: “I heard a lot of racket in the early hours, a lot of police were outside as well as a fire crew putting out the fire.

“It was quite scary to see the smoke billowing from the burning building only a few doors away from where I live.”

Mr O’Donoghue said it was sad this had happened when the shop had only just been taken over by new owners.

The manager at the Central store said they were unable to comment as it was an ongoing police investigation.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said crews used four breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets to tackle the blaze.

The Central store is open for business today with part of the shop closed off due to the damage the fire has caused.

Police have confirmed that no one was hurt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex police on 101 quoting serial 69 of26/10.