Garage blaze was arson, say firefighters

Firefighters were called out to a blaze at a disused domestic garage on the outskirts of Preston tonight - and the fire is believed to have been started deliberately.
Firefighters were called out to a blaze at a disused garage in Lea - suspected of being started deliberately.Firefighters were called out to a blaze at a disused garage in Lea - suspected of being started deliberately.
Firefighters were called out to a blaze at a disused garage in Lea - suspected of being started deliberately.

The incident, on Thornpark Drive, Lea, is being linked to anti-social behaviour which has been on-going on the housing estate for some time.

Watch manager Dave Shaw blasted the suspects for pulling firefighters away from duty when there could have been a more serious fire at the same time.

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Four fire engines were called out 7.44pm to the blaze, with two of these remaining at the site for an hour, to deal with the fire.

Watch manager Shaw said: “The garages are some distance away from people’s homes so there was no real danger, but it is a drain on resources which we can do without.

“If there had been a more serious fire at the same time, we could have had problems.

“It seems that this is an escalation of the anti-social behaviour which has been ongoing on the estate, which is very worrying.”

Firefighters used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.

There were no casualties.

Police have been notified of the suspected arson.