Arson attack at pub

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FIREFIGHTERS tackled a fierce early hours blaze following a suspected arson attack at a Wigan pub.

Crews were called to the Queen’s Arms pub in Walthew Lane, Platt Bridge, shortly before 6.45am on Saturday (August 18) – and remained at the scene for three hours.

The cause of the blaze is now under investigation, however it is understood that the landlord had recently received threats of arson.

Hindley Fire Station watch manager Isaac Olurankinse said: “When we arrived there was already smoke pouring out of the vents. The pub was locked so we had to break in, tackle the blaze and search the premises to check that nobody was trapped inside.

“It was quite a fierce fire. The lads had to use breathing apparatus and crawl in because the smoke was so dense.

“The fire was mainly underneath the bar but also spread to the back of the bar. It caused quite severe heat and fire damage to the bar area and smoke damage to the whole of the ground floor.

“Luckily there was nobody inside the building at the time.”

He added: “If it wasn’t for the speed and professionalism of the firefighters it could have been a lot worse.”