AROUND 20 firefighters tackled a serious fire at a Kirkham fish and chip shop in the early hours of this morning.
The blaze took hold at Snappers on Poulton Steet at around 12.40am with three engines and an aerial ladder platform sent to tackle the flames.
After bringing the fire under control, officers remained at the scene this morning keeping a watching detail over the gutted restaurant.
Watch manager Steve Palmer at South Shore Fire Station said neighbours had spotted the fire and evacuated the building before contacting the emergency services.
He added: “When we arrived on the scene the fire was well alight.
“Initially it was feared the occupant of the flat above the shop was in and officers wearing breathing apparatus went into the building, we searched for them but they certainly weren’t in the flat.”
Fire investigators will head to the scene today to try to ascertain the cause of the blaze.
Officers wore breathing apparatus as they worked on the fire, which destroyed the entire ground floor restaurant area of the building.
The flames also found their way into the first floor living quarters of the property where they caused extensive damage before getting into the roof space.
Police closed the road off while firefighters tackled the blaze.