UPDATE: Quad bikes destroyed in large fire at Great Lever warehouse

The storage unit on fire

Firefighters at the scene

Destroyed quad bikes after the blaze at Unique Storage

The scene of the blaze at an industrial unit in Great Lever

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A LARGE blaze tore through a storage warehouse, causing thousands of pounds of damage - and one of the owners claims the fire has left them bankrupt.

Firefighters were called to the two-storey Unique Storage warehouse, at the junction of Foundry Street and Sidney Street, Great Lever, at 8pm on Saturday, after reports of youths making a noise in the area and starting a fire.

It is believed a quad bike inside the warehouse was set on fire and police and the fire service have launched an arson investigation.

The business offers 10 units for people to store their goods, with one of the units housing several quad bikes.

Dan Williams, one of the Unique Storage owners, said: “There were about six or seven quad bikes in one of the units. They have all been destroyed.

“The whole place is a mess.

“Everywhere is smoke damaged, all the property has been destroyed and the net result is this has left us bankrupt.”

Mr Williams said repairs would cost at least £8,000.

He added: “This is arson. There was graffiti inside the building. The people who have done this knew exactly what they were doing — there is no excuse for it.”

Six fire engines attended in the blaze with teams from Bolton, Farnworth, Eccles and Salford joined by a specialist crew from Atherton.

They put out the fire by about 11pm, but the area remained cordoned off until noon yesterday as investigations took place.

Incident commander Brian Highlands said: “It was difficult for us to enter at first because of the building layout.”

A police spokesman said: “We were notified about youths causing noise in the area and that a fire had been started on a quad bike. We believe this to be a deliberate fire.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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10:36pm Sat 18 Jan 14

waterbottle says...

Hope you have a water tight insurance policy otherwise you're buggered
Hope you have a water tight insurance policy otherwise you're buggered waterbottle
  • Score: 8

7:25am Sun 19 Jan 14

George X says...

That's Sidney St !!
That's Sidney St !! George X
  • Score: 8

9:35am Mon 20 Jan 14

Wolfie190 says...

Firemen could have been killed or injured in the blaze and the people who did it will be hard done by if they get a few hours community service.
Firemen could have been killed or injured in the blaze and the people who did it will be hard done by if they get a few hours community service. Wolfie190
  • Score: 8

5:18pm Mon 20 Jan 14

mr.mark.c says...

George X wrote:
That's Sidney St !!
And the other is Foundary not Foundry.
[quote][p][bold]George X[/bold] wrote: That's Sidney St !![/p][/quote]And the other is Foundary not Foundry. mr.mark.c
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