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Burning gas main drama in Longton

The scene in Osbert Croft. Longton. Picture: Katie Danson
The scene in Osbert Croft. Longton. Picture: Katie Danson

A suspected gas leak was being tackled tonight in Longton, near Preston.

Fire crews were called to Osbert Croft this evening after a main burst into flames.

Neighbours said gas workers were on site working in the cul de sac when it happened.

One resident said: “I heard this banging - it sounded like a car backfiring.

“I looked out of the window and there was all this cracking and popping.

“The gas main seems to be on fire - a tree and a bush have gone up and flames are shooting into the air.”

A Lancashire police spokesman said the force had been alerted but no evacuations had been ordered.