Suspected Burnley gas supply arson attack under investigation

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A SUSPECTED arson attack which ignited the gas supply at a Burnley house is under investigation.

Firefighters are treating the blaze as “suspicious” after the unoccupied Ivory Street property was raided and a gas pipe was torched last night.

Fire crews believe thieves broke in through the rear of the house and stole the gas meter, before leaving the leaking gas ablaze.

Neighbours called 999 after seeing smoke coming from the unused terraced property at around 8-30 p.m but firefighters managed to bring the blaze quickly under control.

Watch manager Tony Spencer, of Burnley Fire Station, said: “We believe it was deliberately ignited. The gas meter had been removed and the main gas tap was left open. It looks like someone has ignited it.

“We managed to deal with it quite quickly. It would have been even more dangerous if they had not ignited it and let the house fill with gas.”

No homes were evacuated in the incident, but gas and electricity companies had to be called out to isolate the supply to the property and make the scene safe.

A cupboard in the kitchen of the property was completely destroyed.

The are treating the blaze as suspicious and police have now launched an investigation.