POLICE are investigating a suspected arson attack in Winsford.

Emergency services were called to High Street following reports of a fire at a disused building.

The cause of the blaze is believed to be deliberate and police are now appealing for information and video footage from members of the public.

Inspector Jason Murray said: “The fire is being treated as arson and our investigation is ongoing to identify who was responsible.

“Enquiries are in the early stages and as part of the investigation I would ask anyone who was in the area and believes they may have seen anything suspicious to get in touch.

“The same goes for anyone with any CCTV or dash cam footage that may aid the investigation.”

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Emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 7pm on Thursday (January 11).

It was reported that there may have been someone inside the building.

However, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed there were no reports of any injuries and everyone was accounted for.

Three engines, one each from the Winsford, Northwich and Holmes Chapel stations, attended and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the flames using a hose reel jet.

Your Local Winsford, a neighbouring convenience store, had to shut early as a result of the fire.

A staff member said: “A small fire was started in the building next door to our shop.

“Fortunately the fire brigade was there immediately and put it out so there was no harm to anyone or the adjoining buildings.”

Anyone with information about the fire is urged to contact Cheshire police on 101 or visit www.cheshire.police.uk/tell-us quoting IML 1732725.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.