Squatters set fire to clothes to keep warm in Halliwell house

This Is Lancashire: Squatters spark Halliwell fire alert by burning clothes to keep warm Squatters spark Halliwell fire alert by burning clothes to keep warm

SUSPECTED squatters set fire to clothes in an unoccupied Halliwell house last night - but fled before police arrived.

Firefighters and police were called to a house in Maplewood Gardens at about 6.45pm after reports of a blaze in a house described by neighbours as unoccupied and in a poor state of repair.

Police found evidence that at least one person had been using the house for shelter during the cold weather and had eaten in the house.

A bundle of clothes had been set alight, which firefighters believe was done to warm the house because no utilities were working.

Whoever had been there is believed to have left by the time police and firefighters arrived.

Nobody was injured in the blaze, which did not cause any serious damage to the property.

No-one has been arrested.

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11:12am Tue 17 Dec 13

Jim271 says...

Why was the property empty if there is such a housing shortage?
Why was the property empty if there is such a housing shortage? Jim271

3:37pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Javid123 says...

Jim271- private property I assume.
Jim271- private property I assume. Javid123

4:56pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Gore Seer says...

I Have Seen asylum Seekers With Bed Rolls Over There Shoulders,Wondering Round,They Must Be Sleeping Rough.
I Have Seen asylum Seekers With Bed Rolls Over There Shoulders,Wondering Round,They Must Be Sleeping Rough. Gore Seer

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