Arrest made after large fire at Oldham warehouse

GMP logoA MAN has been arrested after a large fire at a warehouse in Oldham.

At 00.35am on Tuesday 23 June 2015, police were called to the Oldham Sofa Company on Holden Fold Lane, Royton, following reports of a disturbance.

When officers arrived, the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were already in attendance dealing with a large fire.

As a result of the blaze, a number of residents had to be evacuated from their homes while firefighters brought the fire under control.

The fire was contained to the warehouse itself and did not spread to any other properties, and there have been no reports of any injuries.

A 50-year-old man was later arrested by police on suspicion of arson and remains in police custody for questioning.

Detective Sergeant Simon Halliwell said: “I know this incident will have caused a lot of speculation and rumour in the community so it is important we let people know the facts.

“We are treating the fire as deliberate and a 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and remains in custody for questioning.

“I do not want people to be unduly alarmed and while I obviously cannot go into specifics, we believe this is the result of an ongoing dispute and is not a random act so I do not want the community to be fearful.

“Firefighters did an excellent job as they always do in bringing the fire under control and there was no damage to people’s homes nor were there any injuries.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9080 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 


UPDATE

A man has been charged in connection with a fire at a large warehouse in Oldham.

Christopher Eastham (born 21/12/1964) of Kensington Avenue, Royton has been charged with arson being reckless as to endanger life. He has been remanded into custody to appear at Oldham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 24 June 2015.

At 00.35am on Tuesday 23 June 2015, police were called to the Oldham Sofa Company on Holden Fold Lane, Royton, following reports of a disturbance.

When officers arrived, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were already in attendance dealing with a large fire.

As a result of the blaze, a number of residents had to be evacuated from their homes while firefighters brought the fire under control.

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