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Police appeal for witnesses following 'deliberate' house fire in Preston

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a "deliberate" fire at at a terraced house in Preston.

The fire on Wellington Road is said to have started at around 3pm on Saturday July 8th.

Police say that no-one was at home when the fire started, although the property has been significantly damaged.

“This incident could have been a lot worse and it is lucky that nobody was hurt and the fire did not spread to any neighbouring properties. However it did cause a large amount of damage to the house in question.

“The fires were started in broad daylight and we believe somebody may have been in the area at the time who saw or heard something that didn’t seem quite right. If you have any information, we would urge you to contact us as soon as possible.”

– DC Jat Bunger, of Preston CID

Police have asked anyone with information to call them on (01772) 209746 or 101, quoting log number 979 of July 8th.

Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online at

Roof collapses in St Helens paintball centre fire

An aerial appliance is being used to tackle the fire on Borough Road. Credit: Andy Bonner, ITV News

Merseyside Fire and Rescue says the incident has been divided into sections in order to deal with the fire.

Part of the roof of the building has collapsed and a large number of tyres are involved in the fire.

The nearby Pilkington's factory has been evacuated but emergency services say it is not currently affected by the fire.

Residents are being advised to keep doors and windows shut until further notice.


Investigation launched into Salford warehouse fire

Old computer parts destroyed in the fire at an industrial warehouse. Credit: Michael Worrall/ITV News

An investigation has been launched into a warehouse fire in Salford.

Twenty people had to be evacuated from their homes after a fire at the Wardley Industrial Estate, in Swinton, brought down an overhead power cable, damaging the roof of a house and hanging low across the road.

Firefighters worked through the night into Sunday morning to bring the fire under control.

Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are working to find out the cause of the fire at the recycling plant.

Roads in the area have now reopened and people have been allowed to return to their homes.

Fire sends plume of smoke into sky above Sefton, Merseyside

Firefighters were called to a quantity of plastic on fire Sefton tonight.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service were called to Leighton Avenue in Maghull after a plume of smoke was spotted


Firefighters remained at the scene for around 40 minutes.

The cause is not yet known.

Major fire at Liverpool scrapyard could take days to put out

Firefighters are continuing to tackle a huge fire at a metal scrapyard in north Liverpool.

It broke out early this morning at a recycling plant at Alexandra Dock in Bootle.

Public Health England is advising local residents to stay indoors, keep windows and doors closed.

Motorists travelling through the area are advised to keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep air vents closed.


Four children in stable condition after fire in Withington

It's believed the fire started in the living room at the back of the house Credit: MEN syndication

Four children who escaped a fire in Greater Manchester in which their parents are thought to have died are now in a stable condition in hospital.

The fire broke out at the house in Withington in the early hours of Friday morning. The bodies of a man and a woman were found inside. They've still not been formally identified.

The children, who are aged between 10 and 17, escaped by jumping from a window. An investigation into what started the fire is continuing.

Police confirm two people were killed in Manchester fire

The blaze killed two people, and put five in hospital Credit: MEN Syndication

Two people have died, and five others are in hospital, after a house fire in Manchester.

Police have confirmed that a man and a woman lost their lives at the scene of the blaze, in Withington, in the early hours of this morning.

Four children, aged between 10 and 17, are being treated in hospital. Another man, whose age has not been made public, is in a serious condition.

My thoughts are with the family of the man and woman after such a tragic incident and we have specially-trained officers supporting the family at this time.

We are continuing to work closely with GMFRS to establish exactly how this fire started and I urge anyone who may have witnessed the fire, or anyone in the area in the hours before the fire.

If you have any information at all contact police as soon as possible so we can piece together what happened.

– Detective Inspector Tony Lea, Greater Manchester Police
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire Credit: MEN Syndication
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