The fire started in a shop on the corner of Temple Street and Plumbe Streeton 21st March 2012 at 1:42pm. At the height of the fire, six fire engines and approximately 40 firefighters were at the incident which lasted into the early hours of the following day.
Station Manager Mark Hutton, responsible for Strategic Planning at Service Headquarters, says:
“This fire could have had tragic consequences and it was fortunate that nobody was hurt at the time, however, the consequences for the businesses and families involved have still been severe. In the current economic climate businesses do not need any additional pressures and it is very sad that this attack, like many other arson events, appears to have had long term effects on the victims.
“This prosecution once again highlights the excellent working relationship between Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Lancashire Constabulary. Collectively both organisations operate an ‘arson detectives’ protocol which ensures deliberate fires are always subject to very thorough joint investigation.”
Businesses can undertake their own measures to reduce the potential for an arson attack. Advice is available on the business safety section of our website or via local Fire Safety offices based in our Community Fire Stations”.