Wigan building could be demolished after firebugs start large blaze

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
Arsonists broke into an empty building and started multiple fires inside, leading to a massive blaze.

The fire broke out at around 3.10pm on Saturday at the former Summit Centre, on Billinge Road, in Highfield.

Gareth Gray, watch manager at Wigan fire station, said: "It was a large fire and we could see the black smoke as we left the station."

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Two crews from Wigan and one from Hindley attended and spent around 90 minutes working to bring the fire under control.

Firefighters spent four hours at the former Summit CentreFirefighters spent four hours at the former Summit Centre
Firefighters spent four hours at the former Summit Centre

They had to cut holes in the roof to let out the smoke and make sure the flames did not spread to a house nearby.

Firefighters spent four hours on Billinge Road on Saturday, before returning later to inspect the building.

It is thought it may need to be demolished due to the amount of structural damage caused by the fire.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The police have been informed of the incident, as it is believed to have been started deliberately.

The building was badly damagedThe building was badly damaged
The building was badly damaged

Mr Gray added: "It was on a busy road and I want to thank the neighbours who directed traffic for about two hours."

Thanks for reading. If you value what we do and are able to support us, a digital subscription is just £1 for your first month. Try us today by clicking here

Related topics: