Liverpool news Boy, 13, suspected of starting fire which destroyed bank MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Photographs taken this morning show the extent of the damage at the former Co-op building in Skelmersdale
Breaking News ! A 13-year-old boy is suspected of deliberately starting a huge fire that destroyed a former bank building last night. The blaze ravaged through the old Co-op premises on Westgate in Skelmersdale at about 7.30pm, bringing many fire engines rushing to the scene. This morning, crews remained at the site damping down as new photographs showed the charred and twisted black metal left behind. Detectives have now now confirmed they have arrested a boy, 13, on suspicion of criminal damage - arson not endangering life. The teen remains in custody where he will be questioned. The huge fire devastated the disused Co-Op Bank building at High Street and Westgate with flames seen across West Lancashire and beyond. The damage at the former Co-op bank in Skelmersdale after a huge fire (Image: andy teebay) Roads were closed and residents and onlookers ordered to head inside and close windows and doors as the asbestos-filled building was gutted by the blaze. This morning, the true scale of the damage was revealed with little but a battered and bent frame left where the offices once stood proud. Keep up to date with local news in your area by adding your postcode below: The building has been empty for several years but is the subject of a planning application which would see it demolished to make way for an Aldi supermarket.
Huge blaze at a derelict property in Skelmersdale. Photo by Colin Lane
(Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "We were called at around 7.50pm last night (Tuesday) to reports of a fire at an abandoned building on Westgate, Skelmersdale. "We attended and found offenders had entered the building and set it alight before making off. "A short time later we arrested a 13-year-old boy from Skelmersdale on suspicion of criminal damage – arson not endangering life. "He remains in custody. Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here. "Our enquiries are very much ongoing and anybody with information is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log number 1307 of September 15th." Up to eight engines from Merseyside, Lancashire and Manchester were needed as fire crews spent several hours tackling the blaze at its height.
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