WRECKED: A fire at the Hafiz takeaway may have been arson (Picture: Imran Noormohamed)
An investigation has been launched after fire wrecked a Spotland Road takeaway. Police believe the fire at Hafiz fast food shop may have been started deliberately. Fire crews were called to the scene at about 3am on Wednesday. Flames had already spread to the flats above the takeaway in the three-storey building. Crew commander Ben McDermott said: “The fire was burning that well it could quite have easily spread to adjacent buildings. “We had a little bit of difficulty getting access at first because the roller shutters at the front were still down, but the force of the fire had blown them out of the runners and blew the windows. “We managed to get access and put a jet through the front of the shop.” The flats above the takeaway were empty, but one woman was led to safety from a flat in an next-door building. No one was injured in the incident. Detective Constable Mike Berger said: “Anyone who deliberately starts a fire – regardless of where that might be – puts the lives of innocent members of our community at risk. “Thankfully on this occasion no one was present at the property and the fire service was able to quickly bring the fire under control. If anyone has any information about those responsible I would urge them to get in touch.” He added: “Whoever did this may well have got injured in the process and if you have seen anyone with burn injuries since the early hours of Wednesday morning please call us. “If someone is injured I would also clearly urge them to seek medical assistance.” Call Rochdale CID on 0161 856 4644 , or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 .