AN investigation into a suspected arson attack has been launched after a cafe was burnt to the ground.

Emergency service rushed to The Pines Cafe, in the Quantock Hills between Taunton and Bridgwater, at around 4.30am yesterday morning (August 21).

The cafe was severely damaged in the blaze, which took hours to put out.

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said: "DSFRS control room received two reports from passersby regarding an established fire at a café.

"Three engines from Taunton, Bridgwater and Nether Stowey were mobilised along with an aerial ladder platform and a water bowser from Bridgwater.

"Upon arrival the crews confirmed a commercial premises well alight and requested the attendance of two further crews, who also came out from Taunton and Bridgwater."

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The fire service has now announced it is working with the police on this investigation, as it is believed the fire was started deliberately.

Avon and Somerset Police has confirmed it is looking into the incident.

A spokesman said: "If anyone saw anything suspicious in the early hours of yesterday morning around the area, please get in touch by calling 101 and quote reference number 5219 192 130."

Hundreds of people have taken to social media to express their sadness over the loss of the popular cafe.

Many people said their thoughts were with the owners, and they hoped the cafe could be rebuilt.