Lancashire

Arson arrest over Padiham art gallery fire

Fire at Storm Art Gallery, Padiham Image copyright Hudson Parsons
Image caption A number of local artists lost work in the fire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire gutted an art gallery.

A number of local artists lost work in the blaze, which spread through Storm Art Gallery on Burnley Road in Padiham at about 18:00 GMT on Thursday.

Artist Kathy Brandstatter said it was a "tragedy" and tweeted that she had lost all her paintings in the fire.

Lancashire Police said a 52-year-old man had been arrested and bailed pending further investigations.

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