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Arsonists blamed for major fire near reservoir

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A MAJOR fire involving a two-storey building near Appleton Reservoir, Warrington, last night is believed to have been the work of arsonists.

Four fire engines, plus two aerial platforms were sent to the scene in Park Lane, Appleton shortly before 8pm.

The building, described as a barn, was well alight and firefighters set up a cordon and established a water supply.

They fought the blaze from above using the aerial platforms because of the safety of the crews following a collapse of the structure.

When the fire was out, the building was checked for hotspots using a thermal imaging camera.

Crews were at the scene for several hours and a local authority building inspector was called to the site.

The fire is believed to have been started deliberately and anyone with information is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 284329, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A fire investigation into the cause of the fire will take place in due course.

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