'A miracle no one was hurt' after chimney collapse in Preston

These were the scenes today in Preston city centre after a chimney collapsed after strong winds.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 4:56 pm
The scene in Lune Street, Preston

Eye-witnesses said it was a miracle no one was hurt as bricks and rubble rained down from the rooftops.

An aerial ladder was used to inspect the chimney
Firefighters remove huge pieces of chimney from Lune Street

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Firefighters on Lune Street, Preston
Bricks and masonry was strewn across the street
Police closed the road while the building was made safe
Firefighters were brought in from Blackpool, as many of the Preston brigade were busy attending issues at the roof of Oyston Mill in the city
Crews making the roof safe
The building on the corner of Lune Street and Fishergate used to house PC Carpets
The has been a yellow weather warning in place for strong winds in Preston
Gusts of up to 70mph were expected on coastal areas and hills, with winds of up to 55mph possible inland.
The Met Office said "Gusts may reach 60-70 mph on coasts and hills, especially in the west, before gradually easing on Thursday afternoon."