Youths torch stolen car after crashing into barrier in Leigh

Fire chiefs said the Kia Sportage, which was destroyed by the blaze in Westleigh Lane, is believed to have had false plates

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 8:30 am
Updated Saturday, 8th May 2021, 8:32 am

A stolen car has been gutted by a fire after being set ablaze.

Firefighters from Leigh were called to Westleigh Lane near Asda in the town at 10.30pm on Friday (May 7) after the Kia Sportage was reported on fire.

A passer-by had told crews they had seen the car crash into a barrier before seeing three youths trying to push it out and then setting it alight.

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Firefighters attended the scene of the blaze in Westleigh Lane, Leigh

The fire was extinguished and and no-one was injured. Fire chiefs are treating it as arson and said the vehicle was stolen and is believed to have had false plates.

Chris Petty, watch manager for Leigh fire station, said: "One crew from Leigh attended and put the fire out in about 10 to 15 minutes and we were there for around half an hour.

"A hose reel, one breathing apparatus and hydraulic rescue gear to put the bonnet in the boot were used.

"The car was destroyed."

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