AN ARSON investigation was launched after a car parked next to an antique shop was 'deliberately' set alight.

The incident happened outside the Benny Charlesworth shop Blackburn Road, Great Harwood, at just after midnight.

Up to 20 firefighters attended the incident, which saw a black BMW car completely burnt out.

The fire then spread to the front of the shop but firefighters wearing breathing apparatus managed to contain it using two hose reels.

Nobody was in the building at the time and nobody was injured.


The police and fire service have launched a joint arson investigation.

No arrest have been made.

A police spokesman said: "We have attended a vehicle fire which has spread to a building in Great Harwood at 12.15am this morning. There has been some damage to a black BMW 730 and the adjoining building.

"There is an investigation ongoing as to the cause of the fire.  "If anybody does has any information I would urge them to call police on 101, quoting log 12 of August 10."

Firefighters from Hyndburn Station, Blackburn and Great Harwood attended the scene. They were there for around two and a half hours.