Witnesses sought after 'deliberate' Ribchester barn fire

Police are appealing for information following a fire at a barn in Ribchester, which is believed to have been started deliberately.

Saturday, 3rd December 2016, 11:37 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 12:51 pm
Witnesses sought after 'deliberate' barn fire

At around 7-30am today (Saturday) police were contacted by the fire service to reports of a blaze at a large outbuilding close to a farm on Fleet Street Lane.

It is thought an offender entered the building through a side door and set fire to some old furniture before making off from the scene.

The fire spread from the side room into the main barn and to the upper wooden floor of the building, causing significant damage.

DS Bryony Midgley, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “Luckily nobody was hurt in this fire but it has caused significant damage to a farm outbuilding.

“We are currently treating it as suspicious and are appealing for anyone with information about it to get in touch with us. Maybe you were in the area at the time and saw something unusual, or maybe you’ve heard someone talking about it.

“Whatever information you have, please get in touch.”

Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 606 of December 3rd.