Trapped residents rescued from flat blaze in Leyland town centre
Fire crews rushed to a blaze in a flat above a shop in Leyland last night (Tuesday, August 24).
Three engines were called to the scene after the fire broke out above the Wardrobe clothes shop in Hough Lane at around 10.40pm.
Thick black smoke was seen pouring out of an open window as firefighters swiftly arrived following a 999 call.
Pictures show crews using ladders to help rescue people trapped inside the burning flat, with frightened residents seen climbing out of windows to escape the fire and smoke.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service say two casualties were rescued and treated by paramedics. North West Ambulance Service has been approached for an update on their injuries.
"The incident involved the kitchen of a first-floor domestic property that was well alight when crews arrived.
"Two casualties were rescued and placed in the care of North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) paramedics.
"Firefighters used four breathing apparatus, one hose reel, gaining entry equipment, a first aid kit, a thermal imaging camera, and a triple extension ladder.
"They were detained for three hours."
Women's fashion shop Wardrobe says it will remain closed this morning, but plans to reopen later today.
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