UPDATED: A teenage boy has been arrested after four fire crews were called out to tackle a fire in a disused building on Longshaw Street, Warrington.
At 15:53 yesterday, Sunday, three fire engines from Warrington, Birchwood, and Penketh, along with the aerial ladder platform from Lymm Fire Station were called to Longshaw Street, Warrington.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reels and a high-pressure fan to extinguish the fire. A thermal imaging camera was used to check the fire was out. Crews were on the scene for two and a half hours.
A spokesperson for Cheshire Police said: “Shortly after 4pm on Sunday, November 19, police were called to reports of a fire at a disused public house on Longshaw Street, Warrington.
“Officers attended the scene and assisted with road closures while firefighters dealt with the incident.
“The cause of the fire is believed to be deliberate, and a 16-year-old local boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson in relation to the incident. The boy remains in custody at this time.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 1694816.
The building used to be the former Bells pub.
Earlier in the day at 13:00 one crew from Warrington was called out to Calver Park Road, Warrington, to a controlled burn involving mattresses. On arrival, firefighters did not deem it safe and used a hose reel jet to put the fire out.