Investigation into fire at Deepdale car breakers continues

Posted on - 22nd December, 2018 - 11:31am | Author - | Posted in - Deepdale, Preston News
Fire crews are at the scene

Firefighters remain at the scene of a huge fire at a car showroom and breakers’ yard in Deepdale.


The investigation into the cause of the blaze remains ongoing but LFRS say they are considering arson.

Preston Weekender advert

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.

Read more: Watch as 90 firefighters tackle blaze at commercial unit in Deepdale


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.

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.

Read more: Live updates as major fire in Deepdale sees homes evacuated

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.

The showroom is completely destroyed

Read more: Car traders in court




caritas fostering advert
Preston in pictures Cherry Pie Cafe - Preston Market HallPickles of PrestonRoastPickles of PrestonArthur Strands - Preston Market HallAunty Dolly's CafeMark Williams Fishmonger - Preston Market HallArthur Strands - Preston Market Hall View more Advertisement Subscribe to the newsletter

Sign up below to receive Blog Preston's email newsletter. It wings its way into inboxes every Sunday and Wednesday rounding up our top stories and more.

Advertisement News by location

Find news by location, select an area of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

The Preston Guide

Discover local businesses and services near you.

Advertisement Categories

Find news by category, select an category of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

Blog Preston email updates

Receive our digest of the biggest and best stories every Sunday to your email inbox

We respect your privacy and you can unsubscribe at any time from our emails