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Man arrested after large overnight warehouse fire in Oldham

A man has been arrested aftera large fire at a warehouse in Oldham. 
At 00.35am on Tuesday 23 June 2015, police were called to the Oldham Sofa Company on Holden Fold Lane, Royton, following reports of a disturbance.

When officers arrived, the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were already in attendance dealing with a large fire. 
As a result of the blaze, a number of residents had to be evacuated from their homeswhile firefighters  brought  the fire under control.

The fire was contained tothe warehouse itself and did not spread to any other properties, and there have been no reports of any injuries. 
A 50-year-old man was later arrested by police on suspicion of arson and remains in policecustody for  questioning. 

Detective Sergeant Simon Halliwell said: “I know this incident will have caused a lot of speculation and  rumour in the community so it is important we let people know the facts.

“We are treating the fire as deliberate and a 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and remains in custody for questioning.

“I do not want peopleto be unduly alarmed and while I obviously cannot go into specifics,we believe  this is the result of an ongoing dispute and is not a random act so I do not want the community to be fearful.

“Firefighters did an excellent job as they always do in bringing the fire under control andthere was no damage to people’s homes nor were there any injuries.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9080 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

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