Homes evacuated after fire

SEVEN homes had to be evacuated after a fire started in the bedroom of a Wigan house.

A 40-year-old man, who was treated in hospitalfor smoke inhalation, has since been arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis following the incident at Hodges Street, Gidlow.

The scene of the fire on Hodges Street

The scene of the fire on Hodges Street

Police and fire crews were called to the incident at around 10am today (Monday) and worried residents gathered in the streets to look on helplessly .

It took five fire crews two hours to get the blaze under control and they remained at the scene to establish its exact cause.

FULL STORY IN THE WIGAN EVENING POST (TUESDAY) ...