Footage shows moment Leyland shop and flats were engulfed in flames

Dramatic video footage shows the moment a fire engulfed a shop and flats in Leyland overnight.

By Matthew Calderbank
Thursday, 20th May 2021, 8:54 am
Updated Thursday, 20th May 2021, 9:10 am

The shop in Towngate near the junction with Broad Street, caught fire at around 1.30am, before swiftly spreading to the occupied flats above.

Passersby spotted fire and called 999 before bravely entering the burning building to help those living in the flats above. Fire crews then rushed to the scene where they found the building 'fully alight' on arrival.

Video footage, which you can watch in our media player at the top of this story, shows the ferocity of the fire which has left the building a gutted and charred wreck this morning.

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The fire service said passersby spotted the shop on fire and called 999 before bravely running into the building to raise the alarm with those living in the flats above

You can read more about the fire and how fire crews tackled it here.You can also find more pictures of the fire and its aftermath in our gallery here.Support us and become a subscriber today. Enjoy unlimited access to local news, the latest football stories and new puzzles every day.

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The shop in Towngate, Leyland engulfed in flames
The building has been gutted by the fire which is under investigation by police