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Bank fire – three chil­dren ar­rested

- Crime · Fires · Disasters · Incidents · Skelmersdale

THREE school­child­ren have so far been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of start­ing the dra­matic fire which gut­ted for­mer bank of­fices in Skelmersda­le.

The ar­rests come af­ter fire crews from three coun­ties were called to tackle a huge blaze at the for­mer Co-op build­ings on Tues­day night last week.

At the height of the fire, the flames could be seen for miles in all di­rec­tions and roads were closed and res­i­dents or­dered in­side for their own safety.

Crews first ar­rived at around 7.45pm and re­mained there for well over 12 hours through the night. A spokesman for the fire ser­vice said that the scale of the fire meant the bulk of the dam­age was caused be­fore crews could at­tend the scene.

Po­lice be­lieve a group of peo­ple went in­side the build­ing and set it alight be­fore flee­ing, and have so far ar­rested two boys and one girl.

The young­sters, aged just 13 and 14, have since been re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A spokesman said: “We were called at around 7.50pm on Tues­day, Septem­ber 15, to re­ports of a fire at the derelict site on West­gate. We at­tended and found of­fend­ers had en­tered the build­ing and set it alight be­fore mak­ing off.

“A short time later we ar­rested three teenagers from Skelmersda­le on sus­pi­cion of crim­i­nal dam­age – ar­son not en­dan­ger­ing life. The

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