AN investigation is underway after fire ripped through and destroyed a wooden cabin in remote woodland near Backbarrow causing around £25,000 damage.

A joint probe between Cumbria Police and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service was launched after initial inquiries suggested the blaze was started deliberately.

A passing motorist alerted the fire service at around 9pm last night (Wednesday).

Police, treating the incident as 'suspicious', said the fire had completely destroyed the building, which is in woodland close to Backbarrow on Hazelrigg Lane.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said the fire is estimated to have caused around £25,000 worth of damage.

Officers are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area yesterday to contact PC Jonathan Murray on 101.

Information can also be passed to police anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.