POLICE have launched an arson probe after an attack at a £5million wedding venue being built by British boxing star Amir Khan.
Khan, 32, started work in 2015 on the 800-seat wedding venue in Deane, Bolton, Greater Manchester, but it is still yet to be completed.
Last night, firefighters were scrambled to the venue after reports of smoke billowing from the site.
When firefighters arrived “there was quite a lot of black smoke” issuing from the building said Mr Wilcox because of plastic cladding which had been set alight.
Fire fighters said plastic cladding was later extinguished, along with damaged sections of a glass wall and flooring on the top level of the wedding hall.
Watch manager Chris Wilcox said: “There was a fire on the top level of a quantity of building material. I believe it’s deliberate so police have been requested.
“We managed to get access and get to it in time so it’s not taken hold of the building.”
GMFRS added that their crews were called at 6.26pm to reports of smoke coming from the site.
Mr Wilcox said crews were able to reach the top floor themselves without needing a platform and managed to put the fire out using hose reels.
He estimated a 15 metre section of glass had been damaged along with a 10 metre square section of flooring by the fire.
The fire was under control quickly and after around an hour at the scene fire crews were looking to hand over to police officers.
Married father-of-two Khan’s building has been under construction since 2015 but work ground to a halt.
Now police have launched an arson probe into who sparked the fire at Khan’s building.
Greater Manchester Police said: “Police were called by the fire service shortly after 7pm on Sunday to a report of a fire at a premises on Deane Road, Bolton.
“An arson investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing.
“Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1764 of 10/03/19.”