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Police launch investigation into fire that destroyed Ingol home

Posted on - 2nd March, 2017 - 1:58pm | Author - | Posted in - Uncategorized
The fire as seen from a neighbouring property Pic: William Fell
The fire as seen from a neighbouring property Pic: William Fell

Police have launched an investigation after a fire destroyed a home in Ingol.

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Around 9.15pm on Saturday (February 25), police were contacted by Lancashire Fire and Rescue following a major incident in Westbrook Crescent.

Fire crews had attended a serious house fire which left one property completely destroyed and neighbouring properties badly damaged.

No injuries were reported to fire crews and the house involved was unoccupied at the time of the incident.

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Following investigation the cause of the fire is believed to be suspicious in nature. A man was later arrested in connection with the offence.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and urging anyone with information to contact police.

Det Con Sharon Booth, of Preston’s Public Protection Unit, said: “We have launched an investigation following a serious house fire at a property in Ingol.

“The property has been completely destroyed and the some of the neighbouring properties have been damaged.

“The cause of the fire is suspicious in nature and we are appealing for witnesses who may have seen or have any knowledge of the incident to call us.

“If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in and around the area prior to the fire taking hold please contact police immediately.”

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Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference SA1702795.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

A 35-year-old man from Preston was arrested on suspicion of arson and has been bailed to April 26.

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