By Denna Bowman
Police have arrested a teenager after a tyres storage depot was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.
A huge plume of smoke hung over the plant in Stockport after thousands of tyres went up in flames and the fire service was ‘inundated’ with calls from the public.
It is understood that the firm had just received a large delivery of new tyres for commercial vehicles – some of which cost £200 to £300 each.
The blaze at AL Tyres in Sheffield Street, Heaton Norris broke out shortly after 9pm last night.
About 60 firefighters tackled the incident which caused many nearby roads to be closed.
Tony Hunter, spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire Service, said: “A multi-agency investigation has begun but we believe the fire may have been started deliberately.
“There had just been a delivery of new tyres but the entire building has been devastated. The owner of the company is heartbroken.”
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson and remains in police custody for questioning. Inquiries are continuing.