Old charcoal sparks blaze

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An old piece of charcoal sparked a blaze at a town centre fast food restaurant.

The fire caused smoke damage to the property, but no-one was injured.

Watch manager Patrick Thompson, from Blackpool fire station, said: “It appears that the restaurant has a charcoal barbecue inside it and we think a piece of barbecue charcoal had dropped into a bag full of replacement charcoal, and over a period of a few hours heated it up and eventually ignited it.”