Fire crews tackle blaze at Longridge hardware shop

A hardware shop in Longridge has suffered a fire overnight.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 2:10 pm
The fire broke out in the back of the shop, which remains cordoned off by fire crews this morning (April 28)

Fire crews were called to Swifts Hardware in Berry Lane after a fire broke out in the back of the shop at around 1.10am

Fortunately, staff working through the night at the bakery next door alerted the fire service, which rushed to the scene within minutes.

Firefighters found the ground floor of the shop "well alight" on arrival and requested the attendance of the aerial ladder platform and stinger appliance to fight the fire.

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Fire crews were called to Swifts Hardware in Berry Lane, Longridge after a fire broke out in the back of the shop at around 1.10am this morning (Wednesday, April 28)

But Swifts has told the Post that "everyone is safe" and no-one has been injured in the blaze, which saw flames spreading to the roof of the two-storey building.

Management has also thanked staff at Berry Lane Bakery for quickly raising the alarm.

"A big thank you to our fire brigade and @berrylanebakerylongridge for alerting them. Great work by you all. Thank you," said Swifts on its Facebook page this morning.

It added that the shop will remain closed today as the family owned business deals with the aftermath of the shop fire.

Fire crews at the at the scene in Berry Lane, Longridge this morning (Wednesday, April 28). Pic credit: Swifts Hardware

A fire service spokesman said: "Firefighters from Longridge and Preston attended a fire at a hardware shop on Warwick Street in Longridge in the early hours.

"The ground floor of the property was well alight when fire crews arrived and had spread to the roof of the building.

"Crews brought the fire under control using breathing apparatus, one main jet and a hose reel, alongside the aerial ladder platform and stinger appliance.

"Fire crews are currently still in attendance damping down. There are no casualties involved."

A view of the Swifts Hardware fire from a neighbour's home. Pic credit: Rose Barclay

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