Arson probe is launched

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POLICE are investigating a suspected arson attack at a Wigan home.

Emergency services were called shortly before 5.30pm on Monday to the address on Bombay Road, Marsh Green, to reports of a ferocious fire.

The scene of the fire in Bombay Road, Marsh Green

The scene of the fire in Bombay Road, Marsh Green

Thankfully there was no-one inside although it was initially feared that there was someone trapped in the semi which is usually occupied by a couple.

A criminal investigation was quickly launched by detectives and a spokesman last night confirmed they were hunting a female suspect in connection with the incident.

Neighbours today spoke of their shock. Adrian Price, who lives next door to the blaze-hit house, said: “I heard some shouts outside which alerted me to the fire. I saw some smoke and went outside. They have a porch and the inside was full of rubbish so it was well on fire.

“It caught up that much I think the inside of the house is wrecked too. The front door is burnt out as well.

It caught up that much I think the inside of the house is wrecked too. The front door is burnt out as well

Adrian Price - neighbour

“I was surprised we weren’t evacuated, though. At one point it looked like it could spread.

“It was on of my neighbours opposite who phoned the fire brigade.”

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, added: “We just heard all this commotion and the fire engines arriving. They were here for quite a while and the police were knocking on doors asking questions about what had happened.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “We were called by the fire service at about 5.30pm about a fire on the porch.

“An arson investigation was opened as a result of the incident.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service added: “We got a call at 5.26pm to a fire involving the ground floor of a terraced house. Nobody was inside but at the time it was believed there was.

“Crews from Hindley and Atherton attended.”