Could this be the end for Coronation Street’s Simon Barlow?
The teenager’s life is left hanging in the balance when a fire breaks out on Peter Barlow’s boat in dramatic scenes.
Horrified neighbours can only look on as the boat burns with Simon (Alex Bain) still trapped inside – but will Peter (Chris Gascoyne) be able to get him out in time?
Determined to find who started the fire, the furious former alcoholic lays the blame firmly at the door of his latest fling, Abi Franklin (Sally Carman).
Earlier in the week he breaks her heart by accepting a sailing gig in Kefalonia, starting in two weeks.
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Peter is unable to do anything as his boat goes up in flames
His son Simon is trapped inside
She hits the bottle and lashes out at Carla Connor (Alison King) for keeping Peter dangling and leaving him unable to move on.
Seeing how gutted Abi is, Peter then invites her along but is later overheard by her son Seb Franklin (Harry Visinoni) telling an angry Simon that he can come instead as Abi means nothing to him.
Devastated by his cold treatment, Abi heads off to get drunk while Simon shows his mates Aadi and Asha Alahan around the boat with a hurricane lamp.
They extinguish the lamp and leave Simon on the boat to head home – but in the darkness someone knocks it over and the smoldering wick reignites.
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Peter is convinced he knows who to blame
Did Carla do it?
Convinced that Abi is to blame, Peter accuses her of starting the fire as a drunken act of revenge and when she denies it, he orders Carla to check the CCTV from the factory for clues.
But in a dramatic twist, police find the CCTV has been deleted. And when Cathy confirms to Peter that Abi was on the other side of town when the fire broke out, his suspicions fall firmly on Carla…
*Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm
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