Preston Fire: 12 fire engines currently tackling huge blaze at the former Odeon Cinema and Tokyo Jo’s nightclub

Firefighters are currently tackling a huge blaze at a building on Avenham Street in Preston.

People have been advised to avoid the area and keep windows and doors closed.

Pictures show plumes of black smoke billowing and it can be seen from miles away.

The blaze is believed to be at the the old Odeon Cinema/Tokyo Jo’s nightclub.

The huge blaze at a building in Preston City Centre is currently being tackled by 12 fire crews (Picture by David Wright)

One local resident said: “I could see it from near The Range (London Road) and there were lots of fire engines on route.”

This is the second fire as a deliberate fire damaged Grade II listed St Joseph’s Orphanage in city centre last weekend.

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Preston City Council leader Matthew Brown said the recent fires in the city centre are 'very disturbing' following tonight's ongoing blaze.

Smoke can be seen from miles away

He wrote: "The recent fires taking place in Preston City Centre are very disturbing suggesting a possible trend. It has been raised by senior members and officers with both fire and police services. We will continue supporting our emergency services to effectively deal with the matter."

Tokyo Jo’s reunion page on Facebook posted: “Shocking scenes on Church Street this evening... the building formerly know as Tokyo Jo's and the Odeon.. is heavily ablaze.

"This is such a sad day ... but the Tokyo Jo's Jubilee Reunion will go ahead as planned... more of a reason to reminisce and celebrate this once iconic club.”

People have reported seeing the fire from miles away and have taken to social media to share shocking pictures and videos of the blaze. A huge police presence is also in attendance at the scene.

Picture shows smoke billowing from a building in Preston

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The huge fire in Preston City Centre
Fire crews tackling the blaze in Preston city centre