A FIRE at a commercial property that saw local residents evacuated is being treated as suspected arson, it has been confirmed.
The incident happened on Mill Street in Golborne at around 3.45am on Sunday morning.
The blaze was extinguished within hours but 10 homes were evacuated as a precaution while a cordon was put in place.
Bridge Street was also shut off as three fire crews from the Wigan area and Cheshire attended the scene.
A hydraulic platform was used and United Utilities were also called with regards to water supply.
It has since been confirmed that the blaze is being treated as suspected arson with a fire investigator attending the scene and evidence taken away.