A WIGAN butcher’s depot has been torched in a terrifying arson attack.
The blaze, which was started just after 4am yesterday, decimated the two-storey outbuilding belonging to Jenkinson’s on Golborne High Street.
Fire crews used two jets, breathing apparatus and an aerial appliance to extinguish the blaze which they say was ignited deliberately.
Owner Tim MacDonald, 47, says he has been left distraught by the fire, which was just metres from the home he shares with his 16-year-old daughter, Lauren, partner Jan Hodkinson and her son Ben, 15.
He said: “We live on site and my daughter was awoken by the crackle of burning wood. We ran outside immediately to try to contain the flames but we were not able to, so we called the fire service.
“It was only afterwards that I realised how close and dangerous the fire was and that it could have spread. A lot of damage was caused. I lost motor vehicles, a fridge, freezer and lots of meat which I stored there. We are really upset that somebody could target our property like that. To a degree it is devastating, but we will recover from this.”
The firm, which has been family-run since 1898, remained open on Monday, but Mr MacDonald had to close down the bakery at the shop’s rear. He said: “We will now have to wait to hear from the insurance assessor to find out what can be saved and rebuilt.”
Watch manager Ian Tattersall said that the fire was started deliberately and that the matter was referred to the police. Police said they were now reviewing CCTV footage and were investigating the incident.