Whiston House Fire Is Suspected Arson

By on Monday, June 10, 2013

halsnead_house_fire_whistonThe fire that gutted a sandstone cottage in Whiston on the weekend was probably started deliberately, according to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

Emergency services were called to the unoccupied property shortly after 5pm on Saturday evening. Police blocked off Windy Arbor Road, an important access route for the M62 motorway, for four hours until the fire was extinguished.

Firefighters initially entered the building wearing breathing apparatuses and carrying hoses. Later, an aerial fire appliance was brought in from neighbouring St Helens, and firefighters removed roof tiles to enable them to fight the blaze from above.

The house, known as Church Lodge, at the entrance to Halsnead Park, was severely damaged in the suspected arson attack, but there were no reports of any injuries.

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