A FIRE which destroyed an annexe at the rear of a building in Portland Street, Barrowford, is being treated as arson.
The blaze, which broke out at 2-21 a.m. today, destroyed the 4m by 3m annexe, but firefighters were able to prevent the fire spreading to the main building, which was the former village police station and which has recently been renovated and is currently up for auction.
Two crews from Nelson Fire Station used three sets of breathing apparatus, two hose reels, a thermal imaging camera, two triple extension ladders and a ventilation unit to deal with the incident.
They spent around two hours and 45 minutes at the scene.
Watch manager Gary Ibbitson said: “The fire is being treated as suspicious.
“There was nothing there that would have started it and, although the annexe had been left insecure and the doors were unlocked, it seems as though the fire was started from outside.
“Fortunately, we were able to save the main building, which only suffered slight damage from smoke and heat.”