Lancaster blaze required 60 firefighters


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A disused industrial unit located on St George’s Quay in Lancaster caught ablaze on Friday May 11th, requiring nine fire engines.

At 7:10pm “a passing Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) reported” that “the four storey disused warehouse” was on fire, a statement from Rachel Grenville from the Press Office at the Lancashire Constabulary reported.

“The Fire Service dampened down the flames, and a road closure was maintained throughout the night” Grenville added.

According to a statement on Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s website “the first of a number of 999 calls” was made at 7:09pm. “At the height of the fire nine fire engines and crews, and two aerial ladder platform vehicles, in addition to other support vehicles and crews” were dealing with blaze. This amounted to “around sixty fire-fighters in total.”

Initially water from the River Lune was used to control the blaze, “but since the river is tidal at that point and the tide was receding, the source for water was switched to street hydrants.”

According to the statement, both the third and fourth floors of the warehouse were on “fire when the first fire crews arrived on the scene” and the fire was “thought to have been started deliberately.”

Grenville confirmed that “an investigation is underway into the cause, alongside Lancashire Fire and Rescue.”

A reporter from SCAN who was walking by the scene the following day was told by one of the police officers that there had been no reports of injuries and no one was suspected to have been in the building at the time.

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