Fire crews were called to a fire in a grade-II Preston listed park.Advertisement
At 1.16am on Monday the crew from Preston Fire Station put out a fire in a rubbish bin in Avenham Park which had spread to the pavilion.
The fire caused heat damage to two doors on the pavilion and light smoke damage to a room in the building.
The rubbish bin was completely destroyed.
Lancashire Police have been called in to investigate, after the incident was classed as suspicious.
“Avenham Park Pavilion is open as normal, despite this incident. Park managers are working with Police, looking at CCTV to identify those responsible.
“The fire caused minimal damage to a couple of external doors and the council would like to thank Lancashire Fire and Rescue for their quick efforts.”
A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Deliberately started fire in a rubbish bin in Avenham Park. Fire spread to the Pavillion alongside and the smoke triggered an auto fire alarm which prompted the alarm monitoring company to alert Blue Watch at Preston fire station at 1.16am this morning.
“A crew of four was sent, they quickly extinguished the fire and used one of their portable engine-driven fan units to get the smoke out of the building.”
On Monday 21 April the park will be playing host to one of Preston’s oldest traditions, the annual Easter Egg Rolling.
Anyone with information is asked to call Lancashire Police on 101.