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A SUSPECTED arsonist torched a car on a parking area in Wigan in the early hours of the morning.

Fire crews were called to the red Peugeot 406 estate which was ablaze on a small car parking on St Paul’s Avenue, in Worsley Mesnes, at around 5.30am on Wednesday.

On arrival at the car, which had been abandoned at the back of a row of shops near some garages, had clearly been set on fire deliberately as there was a large quantity of flammable material in the passenger footwell and a can of petrol on the back seats.

Firefighters from Wigan fire station wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to ensure the flames were completely extinguished and secure the site until officers from Greater Manchester Police arrived.

Although the car was written off in the fire, which was reported to the emergency service by a member of the public, the blaze was not as severe as it could have been because the person responsible for setting light to it had firmly closed all the windows and doors, which acted to smother the flames and prevent the heat building up.

Crew commander Mike Fairhurst said: “The fire had already pretty much burnt itself out by the time we got there, so we just had to damp down.

“The car was out of the way, so there was only a small chance of the fire spreading to the garages.”

Greater Manchester Police are now investigating the incident. Anyone with any information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.