Arsonists have struck at Harrogate’s Debenhams store - setting a fire in a wheelie bin which was pushed up against its doors.
Fire crews were called to the scene shortly after midnight on Friday night, putting out the flames before they could spread.
Despite their efforts, the loading bay doors on Union Street were damaged and there was further smoke damage to the interior of the shop.
Police are now appealing for information and witnesses are asked to contact DC Claire Brown at Harrogate CID by calling 101.
Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting reference 12120162718.