A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with a massive factory fire.
North Wales Police yesterday confirmed a 32-year-old Wrexham man had been arrested over the first of two blazes at the Mainetti factory in Flintshire in May.
The fire sent flames shooting into the sky and saw residents evacuated from their homes. A second blaze at the then empty site happened less than a fortnight later.
Both incidents are being treated as suspicious as the police and fire investigation teams are still working to establish the cause of each.
Detective Inspector Tim Evans said: “A 32-year-old man from the Wrexham area has been arrested on suspicion of arson and released on police bail pending further inquiries in relation to the first incident.
“We cannot say at this stage whether both incidents are connected and I would appeal again to anyone who has information on either incident to call North Wales Police on 101.
“Based on initial investigations we are treating both incidents as suspicious.”
Fire initially broke out at the clothes hanger factory on Bagillt Road in Greenfield on May 24, with exploding gas cannisters sending fireballs high into the sky. Buildings shuddered and smoke poured out across Flintshire.
Roads, including a section of the A458, were blocked off as a thick black smog descended on streets surrounding the factory near Holywell with toxic fumes being released as more than 200 workers were evacuated from the site.
Residents living nearby were also evacuated from their properties during the May 24 blaze, which saw rail services disrupted as fire crews from across North Wales battled to contain the flames with more than 80 firefighters in attendance.
No one was hurt in the blaze but the flames caused substantial damage to the rear and production areas of the factory.
Mainetti has been transporting many of its employees to temporary premises on the Kinmel Bay Industrial Estate at Bodelwyddan.