Arson suspects caught on CCTV after five bins are torched behind shop in Preston

Fire crews tackle five bin fires at the back of a shop in Plungington Road, Preston shortly before midnight on Sunday, May 12.
Fire crews tackle five bin fires at the back of a shop in Plungington Road, Preston shortly before midnight on Sunday, May 12.
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An arson investigation is underway after five bins were set on fire behind a shop in Preston.


Fire crews from Preston were called to the Spar shop in Plungington Road at around 10.40pm last night (Sunday, May 12).

On arrival, firefighters found large commercial waste bins ablaze in the car park at the rear of the shop.

Five bins had been deliberately set alight sending thick black smoke billowing over the rooftops.

Crews had to use two hose reels and breathing apparatus to tackle the fierce blaze and prevent it from spreading to nearby buildings.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) said the fire is being treated as arson and has been referred to Lancashire Police for investigation.

Fire crews tackle five bin fires at the back of a shop in Plungington Road, Preston shortly before midnight on Sunday, May 12.

Fire crews tackle five bin fires at the back of a shop in Plungington Road, Preston shortly before midnight on Sunday, May 12.

The fire service said the suspects had been caught on the shop's CCTV and have since been identified.

A police spokesman added: "We were called at around 10:40pm to the report that a storage portacabin had been set on fire."

Fire crews tackle five bin fires at the back of a shop in Plungington Road, Preston shortly before midnight on Sunday, May 12.

Fire crews tackle five bin fires at the back of a shop in Plungington Road, Preston shortly before midnight on Sunday, May 12.

Fire crews tackle five bin fires at the back of a shop in Plungington Road, Preston shortly before midnight on Sunday, May 12.

Fire crews tackle five bin fires at the back of a shop in Plungington Road, Preston shortly before midnight on Sunday, May 12.