Arson investigation launches after second fire in five months at former Baffito’s at Preston Docks

Posted on - 30th April, 2021 - 8:43am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston Docks, Preston News, Riversway
Four crews tackled the blaze Pic: @ianarmistead / Twitter
Four crews tackled the blaze Pic: @ianarmistead / Twitter

An arson investigation has been launched after the former Baffito’s restaurant at Preston Docks caught fire again yesterday (Thursday 29 April).


Images posted on social media showed plumes of thick smoke rising from the derelict building in Navigation Way.

Read more: Another fire breaks out at former Baffito’s restaurant at Preston Docks

Firefighters previously tackled a blaze there in December.

Ian Armistead, Protection Transformation Team Station Manager for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said on Twitter: “Early decisive firefighting tactics quickly prevented the fire from spreading further.

“Fire is being treated as suspicious and a joint investigation with Preston Police ongoing.”

Four fire crews from Preston, Bamber Bridge and Fulwood tackled the fire on the ground floor of the property, which is set to become a care home.

Crews used breathing apparatus, two hose reels and an aerial ladder platform to bring the blaze under control.

Tom Powell, Acting Group Manager, Service Training Manager, for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, tweeted: “Sadly not our first incident at this address. Arson endangers lives and ties up vital Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service resources.”

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