Firefighters put out blaze at former Wigan borough library

Firefighters have tackled a blaze at a former Wigan borough library.

By Charles Graham
Thursday, 23rd June 2022, 7:59 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd June 2022, 12:13 pm

The buildings in York Street, Atherton, have stood empty for four years now since the council moved library services to Atherton town hall and they have become the focus of vandal attacks and break-ins.

A crew from Atherton fire station was called to the premises at 9.50pm on Wednesday June 22, and when they arrived smoke could be seen pouring from broken windows and vents.

The flames were found and confined to one of the offices where furniture was on fire.

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Firefighters at the scene of the former library blaze

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Crew manager Phil Dearden said: “There was evidence of a break-in at the back so we secured that door.

"It is evident that people have been getting in here and causing damage for some time now.”

A positiive pressure ventilator was used to expel smoke from the building.

Firefighters getting into the smoke-logged former library

There had been hopes to turn the ex-library into a community hub but the plans fell through. It was bought at auction by a private business in March last year.