Two detained after blaze drama at iconic old post office building in Blackpool

Two youths have been held by police after a fire drama at the old Abingdon Street Post Office.

Thursday, 27th December 2018, 9:35 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 9:57 pm

Fire crews had to clamber through windows at the famous building to put out the blaze at 4.20pm on Boxing Day.

Witnesses reported a passer-by narrowly escape injury when a glass pane from the building, which was built in 1910, crashed to the pavement below.

When police were alerted, two youths were found inside the property.

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Watch manager Warren Topp, from Forest Gate Fire Station, said four crews attended and they were faced with a difficult job.

He said: “It was an extremely dangerous site as there were parts of the floor missing and holes everywhere. It’s all being ripped out as part of being redeveloped. But if a fire took hold it could still cause a big issue.

“We managed to get a 13.5m ladder up to the first floor from the front of the building and then gained access to the second floor with a triple extension ladder to be able to investigate. There was a fire but it had burnt itself out.”

Two youths were detained by police.

The site is currently derelict awaiting redevelopment for a leisure and shopping hub called the ‘Red Box Quarter’.

The post office building was built in 1910 and was used until 2007 when the counter service moved to WH Smiths.