UPDATED: Police investigate Walkden 'arson attack' after window smashed and curtains set on fire
Firefighters based at Farnworth fire station were called to a terraced house in Larkside Avenue at 5.15am today (September 18) after the fire broke out in the living room.
Two women, believed to be in their late 20s, had got out of the property uninjured before they arrive.
The living room was severely smoke damaged and it took firefighters 15 minutes to make the scene safe.
It is understood threats had been made to towards the occupants before the fire and they had informed the police.
Officers had recommended they ask the fire service to carry out a "priority home fire risk assessment" where firefighters install extra smoke alarms and tape up the letterbox as a precaution.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “We can’t comment on individual cases, but when we receive requests for priority assessments, we give the occupants fire prevention and reaction advice and it is always a relief when that exercise pays off, even in sad circumstances.
“In this case, it appears a window has been smashed and an accelerant or some kind of object has been thrown through and set fire to the curtains.
“We will be speaking to neighbours and offering to carry out fire prevention work with them.”
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I think it’s disgusting, there has been a constant threat against the girls — it started with a smashed car window and now it’s come to this.”
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said no arrests had been made, as yet, and that the area was still being treated as a crime scene.
He added: “We will be investigating this as an arson attack.”
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