Huge fire continues to gut building

Fire at Accrington Conservative Club, Cannon Street 18/05/2016
Fire at Accrington Conservative Club, Cannon Street 18/05/2016
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A Lancashire building has been completely gutted after a fire ripped through it early this morning.

Eight fire crews, including Preston, and two aerial ladders were called to Accrington Conservative Club on Cannon Street at 3.45am after callers alerted them to an orange glow coming from the top floor windows.

Fire at Accrington Conservative Club, Cannon Street 18/05/2016

Fire at Accrington Conservative Club, Cannon Street 18/05/2016

On arrival watch manager Garry Drinkwater said the building was “well-alight” and that the building was completely destroyed.

He said: “When we got there it was going very well on the second floor. The eight fire engines and two aerial ladders are working to put out the blaze but it’s still very much on fire.

“Two neighbouring houses have been evacuated and the residents moved to the nearby Tesco.

“We’re treating the fire as suspicious at the moment and there will be an investigation once the blaze has been subdued.”

Fire at Accrington Conservative Club, Cannon Street 18/05/2016

Fire at Accrington Conservative Club, Cannon Street 18/05/2016

Fire crews were still attending to the blaze at 8am. More updates as we get them.

Fire at Accrington Conservative Club, Cannon Street 18/05/2016

Fire at Accrington Conservative Club, Cannon Street 18/05/2016