A MAN has been arrested after an attempted arson at a centre providing mental health support.

Emergency services were called to Bury Community Mental Health Service at Humphrey House on Thursday afternoon after, it is believed, a flammable solvent was poured in reception area.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "A 29-year-old man was arrested after an attempted arson in Bury.

"Shortly after 1.20pm Thursday, police were called to a report of an attempted arson on Angouleme Way in Bury."

Two fire engines were also called to the scene and a HAZMAT officer.

Watch Manager at Bury Fire Station Steve Wilcock praised staff at the centre for their quick actions in evacuating the building.

He said: "We arrived at the scene very quickly and around 70 or 80 people had been evacuated from the building.

"The staff on reception challenged the man and averted what could have been a more serious incident.

"Police also attended. There was evidence to suggest that he had attempted to ignite the vapours from the solvent, which was flammable in nature.

"We were on the scene for an hour to ensure the building was safe and well ventilated before we could allow people back in."

A fire engine from Heywood was also called to the scene.

Police remained on the scene through the afternoon.