A blaze that destroyed two vehicles and left a building minutes from devastation was started deliberately, police today said.
Detectives have launched an arson probe into the fire at a joiners’ yard on Mains Lane, Singleton.
A van and lorry on the site of the family-run business were both left completely burned out, while the nearby building suffered “significant” external damage in the blaze on Monday night.
Det Con Dave Little, of Blackpool CID, said: “It is only because the fire brigade arrived on the scene so quickly that it has not been more serious.
“The buildings are full of wood and combustibles, everything that would make for quite a nasty fire.”
It is thought the fire was started inside the Ford Transit van, which was found torched and with one of its windows smashed.
The buildings are full of wood and combustibles, everything that would make for quite a nasty fire.Det Con Dave Little, Blackpool CID
A joint investigation, involving police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue found the fire was deliberate, prompting the arson investigation.
Police and firefighters were called to the incident, close to the Shell garage, at around 7pm on Monday. Nobody was hurt.
Det Con Little, who is investigating the fire, said: “It started in the van before spreading to the buildings. We are looking for anyone in that area, close to the petrol station, who saw anything – people or a vehicle – that was suspicious.
“I would urge anyone with information to contact police.”
The investigation in ongoing and police have yet to make any arrests.
Anyone who can assist police with their inquiries is asked to call 101, quoting log number 1187 of April 6.