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Arson suspected at former Burnley funeral directors
6:00pm Saturday 10th August 2013 in News
A FIRE that started in the roof of a former funeral directors could have been an arson attack.
An investigation is underway following the blaze at the old Parkside Funeral Home, in Parliament Street, Burnley.
Fire crews from Burnley and Nelson were called to the one-storey building, at the junction with Todmorden Road, in the early hours of yesterday (Friday) morning.
Caroline Coulton, crew manager at Burnley Fire Station, said: “We went out to a fire in Parliament Street which started in the roof of a commercial premises.
“We were called at 12.15am. The fire was localised. There were three small, separate fires across the whole of the roof.
“The investigation is ongoing, but it is possible it was deliberate.”
The building has been empty since it was vacated by Parkside, who were leasing it, in June of this year.
They have since relocated to Rochdale and yesterday said they were unaware of the incident at their former Burnley base.
Coun Jeff Sumner, who represents the Burnley Wood with Rosehill ward, said: “I hadn’t heard anything about the fire but I know where the building us.
“It’s been empty for a couple of months but I think there has been some activity there recently with a view to somebody else moving in.
“From what has been said I think it was going to be used as a funeral directors again.”
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