Car park blaze on fireworks night

Firework Extravaganza at Fleetwood
Firework Extravaganza at Fleetwood
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Firefighters were forced to drop ropes from the top storey of a car park and haul up hoses and other fire fighting equipment after a suspicious blaze broke out.

Officers were called to the incident on the third floor of Blackpool’s West Street car park at 10pm after a pile of rubbish was set alight.

Blackpool fire station crew manager Mark Warwick said: “This was quite a serious fire that was possibly started deliberately.

“Inside the car park, waste had been collected and pushed up against a wall.

“The fire engine couldn’t gain access to the scene so firefighters had to enter the building and get up to the third floor and throw lines down to haul the hoses up.

“Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.”

The fire in West Street was among a dozen call outs for the Blackpool crew, which also attended bin fires at several addresses in Grange Park.

A moped was completely destroyed after being set on fire in Slaidburn Walk at 7.15pm. Investigations into that incident are also ongoing.

Mr Warwick said: “Resources are directed to putting this type of fire out and while crews are tied up going to those fires they are not available to go the other incidents.

“It was Bonfire Night so we did have a high number of call outs but it was expected.”

Fleetwood were called out to The Venue restaurant and bar complex in Cleveleys after a tumble dryer caught fire in the basement.

Watch manager Alistair McLean said: “We used four breathing apparatus and two pumps but the fire was brought under control quite quickly. There was significant heat and smoke damage but it was confined to the basement.

“Apart from that we had a very quiet bonfire night.

“We went up to the Mount where there was an organised firework display that was very well attended.”

St Annes firefighters were called to tackle 10 incidents including bin fires and controlled bonfires during a busy night.

Overall, Bonfire Night passed safely without significant incident in Lancashire, although it continued to be one of the busiest nights of the year for the Service.

From 6pm-11pm, there were 251 calls for assistance in Lancashire.

A Lancashire Fire service spokesman said: “Crews attended 171 incidents, the majority of which were small fires or bonfires that callers were concerned about but which crews saw to be safe or well controlled. There were 28 calls reported in and around Blackpool.”