Man arrested after fire

Police at the scene of the house fire at Knowles Place, Scholes
Police at the scene of the house fire at Knowles Place, Scholes
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A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a house fire in Scholes.

Firefighters were called to the mid-terraced property in Knowles Place, just off Platt Lane, at around 4.50pm on Sunday.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a 49-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of assault and arson and remains in police custody for questioning.

Three fire engines from Wigan and Hindley stations were sent to the property, before fire crews wearing breathing apparatus entered the building to tackle the flames.

The crews at the scene immediately became suspicious that the fire had been started deliberately as there were two locations where it had been lit, one downstairs in the living room and another in the main bedroom upstairs.

Firefighters took around an hour to put the flames out and remained at the scene for four hours ensuring the site was secured until fire brigade and police crime scene investigators arrived at the house yesterday morning.

The flames completely destroyed the bedroom where the fire is believed to have been started and also caused extensive damage to the rest of the property, with one of the upstairs windows being blown out by the blaze and heavy smoke damage clearly visible through both the upstairs and downstairs windows.

The top rows of bricks and the roof of the property were also severely blackened by the fire.

No-one was injured and fire crews said there was no indication there was anyone in the property at the time of the blaze.

Police inquiries into the incident are ongoing.

The incident is the latest in a series of suspicious fires in Wigan, although there is no suggestion they are linked.

Standish Golf Club was heavily damaged by fire recently, while a house in Redbrook Road in Ince was targeted in a suspected arson attack.