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Security alert as smoke filled Poulton pub

A fire engine outside the Poulton Elk pub, on Hardhorn Road. Picture sent in by Gazette reader John Cross.

A fire engine outside the Poulton Elk pub, on Hardhorn Road. Picture sent in by Gazette reader John Cross.

Smoke poured out of a Poulton pub last night after security alarm was triggered.

Two fire engines from Blackpool were called to the Poulton Elk, on Hardhorn Road, out after a passerby raised the alarm.

Police were called out to the pub, which due to open as a Wetherspoons on Tuesday but is today welcoming customers by invitation as part of a training exercise, at 10.30pm after the cause of the smoke was found to be a security feature that was set off by an open side door.

Forest Gate crew manager Darren Gregson said: “They had a door that wasn’t secure and when it was opened it activated a security device and the building filled up with smoke.

“We cleared it with two ventilation units and requested the police attend because of a possible break-in.”

A police spokesman said officers attended the scene but found no evidence of any offences.

Kenny Slack, on of the pub’s managers, said: “This has not affected anything and we are still open as planned today.”

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