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Arsonists blamed for Chorley shed fire
9:46am Saturday 7th September 2013 in Chorley
ARSONISTS are being blamed for fire led to a number of people being evacuated from their homes at 2.30am.
Distressed residents woke to the sound of bangs and pops yesterday morning and six homes were evacuated.
One man had to be helped from his property, firefighters said.
Watch manager at Chorley fire station, Naveed Sharif, said the flames were visible over nearby properties as fire crews approached Devonport Way in Chorley.
It is believed one shed was deliberately torched, with the fire spreading to three more sheds.
The intensity of the heat destroyed 11 fence panels and melted the downpipes and fascias on nearby homes.
Watch manager Sharif said: “We did reassurance work afterwards because, when we got there, the residents were distressed.
“The fire was really going and you could see it over the rooftops.
“Fortunately, the people were woken up by the pops and bangs. Most of the properties in that area will have them wired in, but this shows the pertinence of having working smoke alarms.”
Watch manager Sharif said the fire service would be working with the community and to help them prepare for any future emergencies following the fire, which was under control within minutes.
The police were conducting door-to-door enquiries yesterday and confirmed an investigation was underway. A spokesman called for anybody with information contact them on 101.
Chorley councillor Terry Brown said: “It’s very important that these people are caught because somebody could have been killed. “At that time in the morning residents would have been tucked up in their beds.
“What I think about the people who have done this, you could not repeat. I hope they are caught and dealt with severely by the courts.
“I would appeal to anybody with information to contact the police.”
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