Stockport Mill targeted again in arson attack

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Firefighters were called to a blazed started deliberately at a Stockport Mill as arsonists struck once more in the latest of a string of anti-social behaviour incidents.

Crews from three local stations attended the blaze on December 23rd at Elisabeth Mill on Houldsworth Street, Reddish which was started when rubbish and debris was set alight on the top floor.

They had to use a hydraulic platform to fight the blaze due to the dangers posed by previous fire damage and difficulty in accessing the scene.

It is the latest in a long line of incidents to blight the area in the last two years. In the 2014 firefighters were called to the area 50 times in just two months.

A fire service spokesman said: “It is dangerous, derelict and with things hanging off the ceiling. That’s before you even consider the fire and smoke. Being called there is also a massive drain on our resources.

The Grade-II listed building was commissioned by businessman Sir William Henry Houldsworth in 1874 but has been empty for more than a decade. It has been earmarked for development into 150 apartments as part of the Elisabeth Gardens project.

The adjacent Friedland Building, built in the 1980s, will also be transformed into 50 homes and a marketing building.

Police were informed of the latest fire at the mill.