A former professional boxer has vowed to re-open his health food business after a devastating arson attack.
The emergency services were called out to Tranquil Evolution on the Dock Road at around 11.15pm on Thursday following reports of a fire.
Two men broke into the business and started a blaze which caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.
The owners have been told that an accelerant was used to start the fire.
Police have said the fire is being treated as suspected arson.
Two men are believed to have left the scene in a dark coloured car and headed towards Bootle.
Firefighters spent around 40 minutes at the scene of the blaze.
Former professional boxer Joe Ainscough, who is a partner in the clean food business, has now spoken to the ECHO about the arson attack.
Joe, who fought as the ‘Kirkdale Kid,’ was a successful light-heavyweight.
The former ABA champion said: “They kicked a window in and climbed into the front of the cafe. They used an accelerant to start the fire which has caused a lot of damage.
“I would put it at around £10 to £15k. And we are not yet insured.”
Tranquil Evolution, at the city centre end of Waterloo Road, opened a couple of days before the lockdown started. But the owners told the ECHO that they have flourished in recent weeks providing food to go.
The business, which specialises in organic and clean meals and snacks, has proved to be particular popular with Liverpool’s boxing community.
Joe said: “All our friends from the fight game have been in touch today. One big name from mixed martial arts has offered to start a Go Fund me page to help us out.
“We have no idea where this has come from. We are devastated but at the same time, determined to bounce back. We think our blend of organic food and down to earth, scouse attitude is just what people want.
“We won’t let this kind of thing stop us and we will be back.”
A police spokesman said to the ECHO: “We were called at 11.15pm last night, Thursday 21st May, following reports of a fire at a commercial building on Waterloo Road, Liverpool.
“It is believed two males entered the ground floor premises of the building shortly before a fire broke out causing fire and smoke damage.
“They then left the area in a dark coloured car and drove off along Paisley Street in the direction of Bootle.
“The fire caused damage to furniture and smoke damage to the property. It is being treated as suspected malicious ignition.
“CCTV and forensic enquiries have been carried out.”
Anyone who was in the area of Waterloo Road last night who saw anyone or anything suspicious is asked to DM @MerPolCC or call @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 20000294184.