Investigation launched after moorland blazes

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A joint investigation will be carried out by the police and fire service after several “suspicious” fires were lit on the moors above Waddington causing severe damage to a cabin.

Fire crews received a call that a clay pigeon shooting hut situated on moorland above what used to be the Moorcock Inn was on fire around 7-10 pm on Bank Holiday Monday.

When the first crew from Clitheroe Fire Station arrived at the scene they discovered the cabin was ablaze and other areas where fires had been started further up Waddington Fell.

Watch manager Dave McGrath said the fires were being treated as being of “suspicious origin”.

He added youngsters had been seen in the area and a joint investigation between the police and fire service was being carried out.

Two fire crews spent an hour controlling the fires started on moorland off Clitheroe Road, Waddington.

Firefighters used a door jam device, two breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera. They also used an Aquapack, ventilation unit and two beaters.