Pictures Tony Smith
POLICE are investigating a fire believed to have been deliberately started in the basement of the Old Rectory building at Grappenhall, Warrington.
Shortly before 7:30 pm last night two fire engines from Lymm and Stockton Heath, were called to reports of a fire in a derelict building on Church Lane, Grappenhall.
On arrival, smoke was issuing from the building and two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel, alongside a covering jet, to begin tackling the fire.
Following a search of the building, the fire was found to have been in the basement.
Once extinguished, firefighters checked the property for hotspots using a thermal imaging camera prior to leaving the scene.
Cheshire Police also attended the incident, which is believed to have been a deliberate fire.
Earlier in the evening, shortly before 7pm a fire crew was called to Willow Drive, Stockton Heath, where water backpacks were used to put out hanging baskets that had been deliberately set on fire in trees.