A MINI Cooper was set on fire in a suspected arson attack.

The blue mini caught fire in Chester Street, Accrington, at around 1am today.

The fire, which had spread to a nearby fence, is being treated as deliberate

Acting crew manager Damian Stewart, of Hyndburn fire station, said: "One crew from Hyndburn was called to the fire involving a blue Mini Cooper in Chester Street, Accrington.

"The fire had spread on to a fence.

"We used a hose reel to put out the fire within about 45 minutes.

"The car and fence had been left badly damaged.

"The fire is being treated as suspicious in nature.

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An investigation by police into the suspected arson attack is now underway, he added.