A Preston takeaway could be demolished after it was engulfed in flames earlier today.
Building inspectors and a demolition company from Lancashire County Council are at the scene now to assess the building after most of the building was destroyed in the fire, said a Lancashire Fire Service spokesman.
The spokesman says if the building is found to be beyond repair then it may have to be demolished, but no decision has yet been made.
Pictures show Sandos takeaway on Church Street under huge flames as smoke blacks out the sky in Preston city centre.
Onlookers at the scene say the flames are dying down but the takeaway’s roof is completely destroyed. Eight fire engines are on the scene trying to douse the flames.
The fire service got the first call at 10.45am this morning to say a fire had broke out on the bottom floor of the two storey building. After sending three units initially a call came back just after 11am that more would be needed as well as a cherry picker type vehicle to allow jets of water to be sprayed onto the roof, said a spokesman for Lancashire Fire Service. The spokesman also said the fire service has no reason to believe anyone is still in the building and no-one has been hurt.
Neighbouring buildings have been asked to evacuate by police as the fire has threatened to spread. Adam Patel, from Frenchwood, was at the scene and said: “It’s a really big fire and it’s getting bigger.”
Police have also cordoned off Church Street, Manchester Road and Tithe Barn Street with diversions now in place around most of the citycentre.
The fire service have still not determined the cause of the fire.