Former community centre hit by second blaze

A disused community centre in Preston was hit by a second blaze in the space of three days.

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016, 7:13 am
Updated Wednesday, 23rd March 2016, 8:17 am
Former Grange Community Centre

Two fire crews were called to the former Grange Community Centre in Hazel Grove, Ribbleton at around 10pm on Tuesday to deal with the blaze on the ground floor.

A third appliance, an aerial ladder platform, had to be drafted in from Hyndburn to assist with the incident.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze on the ground using a hose reel jet. Other officers used the aerial platform to take roof tiles off and spray water onto the flames from above.

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The emergency followed a similar incident on Sunday when fire crews had to put out a blaze in a storeroom at the premises.

The cause of the first blaze, which was started in a wheelie bin, is being treated as suspicious and investigated by police.