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Arsonists strike at flats on Prescot Road St Helens
A FIRE started by arsonists in a wheelie bin spread to a nearby unoccupied flat causing substantial damage to the front of the building.
Firefighters wearing breathing equipment went into the property on Prescot Road just after midnight to carry out a search for anyone who may have been inside.
The front door and porch were severely damaged in the blaze along with light smoke damage to a nearby flat.
Watch manager Nick McCormack, who attended the call out from Earlestown Fire Station with firefighters from Blue Watch said: “Luckily no-one was inside the first floor flat and smoke alarms alerted people living nearby to the danger.
“We also advise wheelie bins are kept somewhere secure and are only put out on the street on the day of the collection. A reassurance campaign promoting fire safety will be carried out on a number of streets near to the fire during the next week.”
Firefighters have been in contact with the police after receiving six phone calls from members of the public.
Ian Mullen, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service added: “Three deliberate fires have been started involving such items as wheelie bins in the last few weeks near to the Eccleston Street area of St Helens.
£We investigate every fire we are called to and pass information to police to help bring those who commit arson to court and to face the consequences of their crimes.”
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