Family hit by arson attack

Arson attack at a house in Isabella Square, Scholes
Arson attack at a house in Isabella Square, Scholes

A TERRIFIED family was left trapped in their home after a suspected arson attack at their Wigan home.

Police have launched an investigation after the home of a couple and their young daughter was set alight in Isabella Square, Scholes, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The family is originally from Latvia.

A neighbour had alerted the emergency services after spotting flames coming from the two-storey property at around 1.30am.

Bags of rubbish outside the end-terrace house had been set on fire and the fire had spread to the front of the house while the family was still inside.

Severe damage was caused to the front of the property, including plastic window frames and furniture which were destroyed.

Firefighters from Hindley were called to the scene and managed to tackle the flames before the fire spread inside the house. No-one was hurt but the family was said to be very shocked by the incident.

A letter box cover was fitted to the front door of the house in an effort to prevent any possible future attacks.

The family, who have a young daughter, was too upset and afraid to speak about the incident today.

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, called for more action to tackle anti-social behaviour, which he claimed was blighting the area.

He said: “Police officers seem to be here every week, usually because cars have been taken and dumped in the neighbourhood.

“The rubbish bags had been outside the house for weeks. You just don’t know if they’ve been targeted.”

Greater Manchester Fire Service revealed that fire crews from Wigan were unable to attend the blaze as they were battled two separate car fires, in Martland Park and Westwood Lane, Beech Hill, at the time of the incident.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed the incident was being treated as a suspected arson attack and an investigation was under way.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Wigan CID on 0161 856 7252 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.