A late night blaze at the rear of a Lancashire petrol station is being treated as suspicious.
Detectives have been called in to probe the fire which damaged the roof of the Old Oak Service Station at Hoghton near Preston.
“A joint investigation is underway between ourselves and the fire service,” said a spokesperson for Lancashire police. “An initial inspection suggests the cause may have been suspicious.”
Firefighters from Bamber Bridge managed to get the incident under control before it threatened fuel pumps on the forecourt.
“If the fire had spread through the forecourt shop then, with the pumps being only 15 metres away, it could potentially have been serious,” said a brigade spokesman. The blaze is believed to have started at around 10.30 pm on Sunday in a building at the rear of the filling station. An area of the roof was damaged along with two commercial fridges inside the property.
Two fire engines were on the scene quickly and averted a more serious incident. “It was a good effort by all involved,” said the fire spokesman.