DETECTIVES are investigating a double arson attack on a Wigan Tesco Express store.
Police are now appealing for information after the incident last night. Emergency services were originally called to the Gidlow Lane shop at around 7.20pm after a small fire had been started with cardboard.
They were then called again at 8.30pm to a more serious incident when an offender approached the back of the store.
They set alight a clothing bin and a large refuge bin which caused a fire that spread to nearby cages which contained cardboard and a refrigerator unit.
The fire was discovered by staff and the store was evacuated. The store has remained closed throughout today.
Detective Sergeant Graham Clare from Wigan, said: “The fire caused significant damage to the store and it is probably by sheer luck that no one was injured.
“The alarm was activated by staff and the fire had to be brought under control by the fire service.
“Staff and customers had to be evacuated from the supermarket and the consequence of this malicious arson attack could have been fatal.
“My officers and I are taking this extremely seriously and we are doing everything we can to find those responsible.
“If you have any information about the fire, please contact the police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7124 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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