An investigation is underway this morning to assess the charred remains of a Preston takeaway after a fire ripped through the building yesterday.
If Preston City Council’s building inspector and a demolition company find Sandos takeaway on Church Street cannot be salvaged due to the extensive damaged then it may have to be demolished.
A fire investigator from Lancashire Fire Service is also hoping to gain access to the building today to establish the cause of the fire, but cannot enter until it is deemed safe after the roof was almost completely destroyed.
It’s after a fire broke out on the bottom floor of the takeaway on the corner of Manchester Road at about 10.40am.
Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles around as crews from made their way to the scene.
They were forced to call for back up from Penwortham and Bamber Bridge when they realised the extent of the incident.
An aerial ladder platform from Hyndburn was also brought in to help fight the flames from above in an operation which lasted more than four hours and occupied a total of eight crews.
A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said that if the building could not be safely salvaged then it could face demolition.
Police were called in to close off several of the surrounding roads as well as evacuate neighbouring buildings as the fire threatened to spread. Manchester Road, Tithebarn Street and Church Street were all closed.
Preston City Council’s building control officers were on site yesterday afternoon once the fire crews had left and a structural survey began to assess the condition of the building.
“There is still more work to do before a decision can be made and they are returning today,” said a spokesman.
“The safety of the public is of the utmost importance.”