TEN fire engines called to fire in Preston city centre

Lancashire Fire and Rescue services from throughout the county were called to Preston city centre after reports of a flat fire on Birley Street.

Monday, 2nd October 2017, 4:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 3:38 pm
Fire engines on Church Street, adjacent to Birley Street. Photo: Ben Hunter-Scott Wearden.

Eight fire engines and two support engines from Preston, Bamber Bridge, Fulwood, Wesham, Chorley, Longridge, and Leyland, arrived on the scene after a call was received at 1:34pm, reporting smoke coming from a sixth floor floor.

As of 2:10pm, firefighters were on the 6th and 7th floors investigating the source of the smoke.

A spokesman said:"At 2.24pm the response of additional fire engines and crews was increased to provide more firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus to complete a thorough search of the flats on the 6th and 7th floors to locate the source of the fire and any casualties.

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Fire crews on the scene. Photo: Ben Hunter-Scott Wearden

"As yet no casualties have been reported."

More to follow.

A cordon was set up by emergency services. Photo: Ben Hunter-Scott Wearden.
Fire crews on the scene. Photo: Ben Hunter-Scott Wearden
A cordon was set up by emergency services. Photo: Ben Hunter-Scott Wearden.