Ar­son probe be­gins af­ter col­lege build­ing blaze

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PO­LICE and fire crews are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter a fire was started at the for­mer Glen­burn Sports Col­lege, in Skelmers­dale.

Fire­fight­ers tack­led a blaze which had reached the sec­ond floor of the build­ing in the early hours of Thurs­day last week, and an ar­son in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched.

Crews from Skelmers­dale, Orm­skirk and Greater Manch­ester were called to what was ini­tially be­lieved to be a fire at an empty com­mer­cial build­ing at about 4.30am and spent more than three hours ex­tin­guish­ing the fire.

A spokesman for the fire ser­vice said the fire was started on the ground floor, but spread to the sec­ond floor at one end of the build­ing.

The col­lege was closed in 2016 and, de­spite ef­forts to save the sports pitches for pub­lic use, has re­mained empty and has re­peat­edly been af­fected by van­dal­ism and ar­son.

No-one was be­lieved to have been in­jured in the lat­est in­ci­dent.

A fire ser­vice spokesman said: “The fire is be­lieved to have been started de­lib­er­ately and as such a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion along­side col­leagues from Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary is now un­der way.”

Glen­burn Sports Col­lege – con­stant tar­get of van­dal­ism and ar­son at­tacks

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