Fire in Stockport: three children critically ill after being pulled from suspicious blaze in Hazel Grove

Police suspect the fire in the old Woodman pub in London Road was started deliberately.

Three children are critically ill in hospital after being pulled from a fire in a derelict building.

Emergency services were called to the former Woodman pub on London Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport on Tuesday evening (26 July).

Firefighters rescued three children from the building and police said today they all remain in hospital in a critical condition.

Police believe the fire may have been started deliberately and are appealing for witnesses.

They have also warned of the dangers of young people playing in derelict properties.

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What have police said?

Detective Inspector Chris Aunins, of GMPs Stockport Division, said: “We have launched an investigation in conjunction with Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service into how the fire started.

“We believe that it may have been started deliberately and so we are appealing for anyone with information, or anyone who may have dash cam footage to get in touch with police to help with our enquiries.

“Now we are in the school summer holiday period, I’d like to appeal to parents and carers to explain to children the dangers of playing within disused buildings, as they pose a really serious risk with a number of potential dangers within them”.

  • Anyone with information is asked to contact 0161 856 9821 or 101 quoting log number 3142 of the 26th July 2022. You can also get in touch via the online Live Chat service at www.gmp.police.uk

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.