Canal barge destroyed by fire

The wreck of the barge after the fire. Picture: Ian Armistead
The wreck of the barge after the fire. Picture: Ian Armistead
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A barge berthed on a Lancashire canal was destroyed by fire on Sunday morning

Firefighters from Preston, Wesham and Penwortham stations were called to the incident on the Lancaster Canal at Newton-with-Clifton shortly after 6.30am.

Fire crew tackle the blaze from the water. Picture: Ian Armistead

Fire crew tackle the blaze from the water. Picture: Ian Armistead

Crews tackled the blaze from the water as well as a towpath and, after it was confirmed the craft was unoccupied at the time, a fire brigade spokesman said investigations into the cause as well as a to track down the owner are under way.