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Suspected arson after two fires in same week at Wirral property


Nov 8, 2023

POLICE have confirmed they are treating two fires at the same property on Wirral as suspected arson.

The incidents took place at a house on Downham Road in Tranmere last night (Tuesday, November 7) and Monday.

Three fire crews were called to the two-storey terraced property on Downham Road at 10.07pm last night and were on the scene at 10.13pm. Police were also called to the scene.

The fire was on the ground floor.

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A Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service statement read: "Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the house under rapid deployment and fought the fire with a high pressure hose reel.

"The fire was extinguished by 10.19pm and four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus carried out a search of the premises- all occupants were accounted for and the property was ventilated. Reading, Basingstoke, Berkshire

"Firefighters handed the incident over to Merseyside Police and left the scene just after midnight."

Community inspector Daniel Greenhalgh said: "We are treating this incident very seriously. This is a criminal act on both occasions which put lives at risk.

"There could have been significant consequences where the fire could have taken hold and spread to adjoining properties and endangered lives of other residents.

The two fires took place at this property on Downham Road in Tranmere (Image: Craig Manning / Newsquest)

"Active enquiries are ongoing as part of the investigation.

"I would like to appeal to anyone who has information to please contact us.”

If you have any information on this incident or know those responsible please contact the force's social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with any information, with reference 23001110545.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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