See inside the car showroom in Preston gutted by last night's massive blaze

The Deepdale area of Preston was rocked last night by a massive blaze and explosions, while some homes and a mosque were evacuated.

Saturday, 22nd December 2018, 11:21 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 4:52 pm
The fire broke out at around 9am on Friday night in Frank Street, Preston
The fire broke out at around 9am on Friday night in Frank Street, Preston

This morning our reporter took a trip round the still-smouldering building, and spoke to fire crews who had spent all night battling the flames.

It completely engulfed the building it began in, a car showroom on Frank Street
As up to 100 firefighters battled the flames a series of explosions - from petrol in the cars' fuel tanks - could be heard

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Crews managed to prevent the blaze from spreading to other parts of the Preston Motor Village
Up to 100 firefighters battled the flames, with 14 appliances and an aerial platform
But concerns about toxic smoke lead to some neighbouring homes and a mosque being evacuated
The blaze was brought under control at about midnight, but crews are still at the scene damping down this morning
The gutted building will have to be demolished for safety reasons
Area Watch Manager Ben Norman says the cause is still under investigation, but arson has not been ruled out
As the blaze was at its height, police were brought in to close roads in the area