Flat searched amid fears person is trapped in burning building

Firefighters searched a block of flats in South Shore after a fire broke out yesterday evening.

Tuesday, 16th May 2017, 9:38 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th May 2017, 2:15 pm
Emergency services in Bright Street, South Shore (Pic: Elliot Melrose)

They scoured the three-storey building, in Bright Street, after a 999 operator was told there may still be somebody inside it.

But a spokesman for the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) said: "No-one was in fact trapped and there were no casualties."

Three fire engines and crews - two from Blackpool and one from South Shore - had been called out at 6.35pm, alongside police officers and paramedics, who were on stand-by in case anybody was found.

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Firefighters used a hosereel jet to tackle the fire, now said to have started in a ground floor flat, while wearing breathing masks.

After the flames were out, they used a portable fan to extract the smoke from the building, the spokesman said.

"The cause of the fire is to be established," he added.