Lights blaze: Boys arrested

Fire at the illumination depot, Rigby Rd, Blackpool

Fire at the illumination depot, Rigby Rd, Blackpool

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FOUR boys have been arrested following a blaze at the former Illuminations depot in central Blackpool.

A 12-year-old, two 13-year-olds and a 15-year-old, from Blackpool, were arrested by detectives on suspicion of arson at the depot on Rigby Road.

They have now been released on police bail while investigations continue.

Det Sgt Paddy Dowling, of Blackpool CID, said he was pleased progress was being made with the investigation.

He said: “We have arrested four boys from the Blackpool area – one aged 12, two aged 13 and a 15-year-old.

“They have been released on police bail until mid-July while we complete our inquiries.”

Thirty-fire fighters were drafted in to tackle the blaze which is believed to have been started deliberately at around 10.30pm on Monday.

A number of famous Lights’ decorations were destroyed in the blaze.

Representatives from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service say an investigation into the fire continues.

John Taylor said: “The suspicion is that it was deliberate.

“A big fire like that destroys a lot of stuff and it makes it more complex to shift through the debris.

“That process if on-going.

“The site was left unsafe with the roof collapsed.

“It’s a complex fire investigation which will continue in conjunction with the police.”

Council bosses do not expect to be allowed on to the site for a further two weeks.

They will then carry out a full inventory to find out which decorations have been damaged or destroyed.

Richard Ryan, Illuminations manager for Blackpool Council, has already announced that Postman Pat’s van and fountains normally on show at Gynn Square are on the casualty list.

A 1950s caravan, which Blackpool Council was hoping to sell, was also destroyed in the fire

Unique fibre-glass moulds, including casts for the sirens which line the Promenade near Central Pier, have also been lost.

Anyone with information about the fire can call Blackpool Police on (01253) 293933 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.