Firefighters remain at the scene of a huge fire at a car showroom and breakers’ yard in Deepdale.Advertisement
The investigation into the cause of the blaze remains ongoing but LFRS say they are considering arson.
At it’s height, 90 fire fighters tackled the fire with 14 fire engines, three aerial ladders and a drone at the scene.
Loud bangs were heard as the fire took hold in the showroom, razing it to the ground and destroying dozens of cars.
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Around 10 homes in Kent Street and St George’s Road were evacuated with residents going to stay with family and friends after the fire broke out at 8.55pm.
Worshippers at a mosque in Kent Street were also evacuated as the fire took hold.
Residents were able to return home at around 1.30am but the mosque remained behind the cordon overnight.
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Ben Norman, area manager for LFRS, said: “We’ve a small number of crews trying to dowse those final embers but our focus really today is on the fire investigation to see if we can ascertain the cause of the fire.
“We are remaining open minded but we are considering it could be arson at this point.”
Preston Police on Saturday evening launched an arson investigation.
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Blog Preston was allowed access to the site of Preston Motor Village, where a heavy smell of smoke hung in the air.
Dozens of burnt out cars could be seen under collapsed masonry and charred out buildings.
Firefighters said they do not expect to leave the site today as they continue to damp down the burning buildings.
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