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Aerial pictures show scale of Frank Street fire in Deepdale

Posted on - 22nd December, 2018 - 4:19pm | Author - | Posted in - Deepdale, Preston News
The picture from the fire service's drone shows what firefighters faced Pic: Chris Rainford/LFRS
The picture from the fire service’s drone shows what firefighters faced Pic: Chris Rainford/LFRS Air Support Unit

Pictures from the fire service’s drone show the scale of the fire they faced in Deepdale on Friday night.

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service had 90 firefighters battling the blaze at the Preston Motor Village site at its peak.

Homes in Kent Street and St George’s Road were evacuated as firefighters spent four hours bringing the flames under control in Frank Street.

Investigation work is continuing on the cause of the fire, with area manager Ben Norman saying arson had not been ruled out.

Preston Police have now launched an arson investigation.

Drone operator Chris Rainford shared the aerial pictures of the flames leaping into the night’s sky.

Another view of the inferno from above Pic: Chris Rainford/LFRS
Another view of the inferno from above Pic: Chris Rainford/LFRS Air Support Unit

With a nod to the Gatwick Airport drone chaos he tweeted: “A very busy week for the LFRS Drone ended with a major blaze in Preston last night.

“It’s not been a great week for positive drone news, let’s not forget the massive positive impact they can have in the right hands.”

Thermal imaging allowed the drone operator to help crews on the ground fight the fire Pic: Chris Rainford/LFRS
Thermal imaging allowed the drone operator to help crews on the ground fight the fire Pic: Chris Rainford/LFRS Air Support Unit

The fire service used three aerial platforms as they contained the fire by 1am, and four fire crews have remained on the scene in Southgate during Saturday (22 December).

Read more: Watch as flames leap into the night’s sky during Preston Motor Village fire

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