Maple Mill ablaze at night.

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Maple Mill, Oldham. In October 2012, arsonists torched crates of kitchen furniture parked next to the building. The fire spread and the site went up in flames. © Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue

Preventing Heritage Related Arson in the North West

Over the past year, Historic England and fire services have seen a worrying rise in the number of fires at historic properties, particularly vacant ones. In Greater Manchester, the Fire and Rescue Service's records show there have been over 50 significant textile mill fires since 2010, with 20 registered as deliberate.

Historic buildings are irreplaceable. Fires can wreak havoc in a matter of minutes, damaging historic fabric, causing a building's economic value to plummet and harming part of the nation's shared cultural resource.

We're delighted to be working with all five fire and rescue services in the North West and the National Fire Chief's Council to provide free guidance on how to reduce the risk of heritage related arson and safeguard life.

Safeguard lives and heritage

Together we've produced an arson risk reduction guide along with a simple risk assessment form. Owners and managers of historic buildings or sites can use these to help preserve lives and heritage in the Northwest.

Arson Risk Reduction

Published 5 May 2017

This guide is designed to help identify threats and take steps to make properties less of a target for arson.

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