Sandycroft firm's stock damaged as arsonists strike

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Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A HUGE fire which spread from a pub car park ended up costing a neighbouring business thousands of pounds.

Arsonists set fire to wood which was being stored near the entrance of McLean’s Pub on Chemistry Lane, Sandycroft.

The fire spread to neighbouring Knauf Installations Ltd, causing damage estimated at between £15,000 and £18,000.

The flames spread to the company’s yard, destroying about 50 or 60 pallets of material, according to workers at the site.

They also told the Leader that each pallet costs about £300.

Samantha Worrall, who lives not far from the pub, described seeing the flames “higher than houses” after the blaze broke out at about 2am.

The fire service said no one was injured and that none of the nearby buildings were affected.

John McLean, who has run the pub with wife Pat for 18 years, said he originally thought the fire was started by a “lightning strike”, but after looking at security camera footage he saw the suspected arsonists in action.

“We have got it on camera, but the flames just block out the camera so it’s unclear how many people there were.”

Mr McLean said his wife received a call in the early hours of the morning from a friend alerting her to the blaze.

Mr McLean added: “We have never had any problems like this before.”

Knauf spokesman Lidia Sharples said: “There was some stock damaged from the blaze.

“The fire brigade got there pretty quickly and had it under control.

“It is fortunate that it was only the stock that was damaged and no one was hurt.”

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