Keepsakes salvaged from blaze

Firefighters on the roof of Walkabout trying to put out the fire.
Firefighters on the roof of Walkabout trying to put out the fire.
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Precious keepsakes and photographs have been salvaged from some of the accommodation rooms at a fire-ravaged Blackpool bar.

Bosses at Walkabout were allowed in the wrecked building on Queen Street under the guidance of a structural engineer as it is still considered unstable.

They were able to enter eight of the 11 bedrooms where they found several items that were not too damaged in the blaze, which tore through the building on Wednesday morning.

Among them were travel documents, including some passports and visas for the Australian and New Zealand staff, clothes, jewellery, keepsakes from their families from the other side of the world and photographs which were still stuck on the walls.

Also found in the mess were laptops, mobile phones, cameras, watches, iPods and iPads.

A spokesman for Walkabout said the level of support for the burned-out bar on social networking site Facebook had been phenomenal.

He added: “The manager wants everyone to know that they’ll be back bigger and better than ever.”

Staff have been relocated to other Walkabout bars around the country or offered jobs at bars in Blackpool.

Once the Walkabout reopens, bosses say they want to try and bring the whole team back together again.

An investigation into the cause and origins of the blaze, which broke out at 5.30am on Wednesday, continues.