Arson attack investigation into former pub blaze

The Ranch House fire. Photo by Paul Milne
The Ranch House fire. Photo by Paul Milne
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Firefighters are still at the scene of a large blaze at a former theme park pub which may have been an arson attack.

Crews from Morecambe, Lancaster, Carforth, Silverdale, Milnthorpe and Fulwood dealt with the fire at the Ranch House at ther former Frontierland theme park, Marine Road West, Morecambe.

Following multiple 999 calls at around 6.10pm yesterday, crews from Morecambe Fire Station arrived in minutes to find a well developed fire from the single storey buliding which was empty.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said at the height of the blaze there were eight fire engines in attendance, an aerial ladder and a command unit.

The 70m x 40m building has been severely damaged by fire which was contained by the crews just before 9pm.

Work was carried out to remove roof tiles so that any pockets of fire left in the building could be reached and crews remained in place overnight damping down and making the building safe, and are still out there.

The fire and rescue service said at this stage it is possible the fire was started deliberately and a joint police and fire investigation has begun.

Lancashire Police said they were continuing to assist Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service while they deal with the fire.

Officers remain at the scene while LFRS continue to dampen down the fire.

Police said it was now safe for nearby residents to go outside and open their windows and doors.

Road closures remained overnight and a scene is in place.

Anyone with any information about the fire or who saw any suspicious activity in the area can contact police on 101 quoting log 1114 of 1st July.