Suspected arson attack on bookies' shop
FIREFIGHTERS were called to battle a suspected arson attack behind a shop in Bolton.
The blaze was started in the early hours of yesterday morning at the back of Ladbrokes betting shop in Chorley Old Road.
Crews from Bolton Central fire station were called out just before 2am after the fire — which is believed to have started in a wheelie bin — engulfed the entire bin compound and smoke-logged the shop as well as an upstairs flat, which was empty at the time.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said: “We believe the fire was started deliberately but we don’t know who by.”
The police also attended the site of the fire — where residents said there have been previous similar incidents.
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I returned from work at about 2.30am and the street had been cordoned off.
“There were fire engines and the police were here. It caused quite a bit of damage and there was a strong smell of burning in the air.
“It was a really big fire and this is not the first time this has happened here.”
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman confirmed that a passing Police Community Support Officer was flagged down by firefighters and attended the scene.
The spokesman added: “At this stage inquiries are still being made to establish who is the owner of the flat.”
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