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People asked to avoid Preston city centre as firefighting continues at former nightclub

Posted on - 20th May, 2022 - 8:05am | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Fulwood, Lancashire Police, Leyland, Penwortham, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, South Ribble News
Flames and smoke were visible from around the city Pic: Thomas Standage
Flames and smoke were visible from around the city last night (Thursday 19 May) Pic: Thomas Standage

Firefighting is continuing at a huge building fire in Church Street in Preston city centre.

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The building – a former nightclub which has housed the likes of Evoque, Lava and Ignite, Tokyo Jo’s and Clouds – is partly derelict with some parts used for commercial purposes.

Photos and videos shared to social media showed the fire raging above the city’s rooftops on Thursday evening (19 May).

As at 5.30am this morning (Friday 20 May), eight fire engines and one aerial ladder platform remained at the scene.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The fire has been brought under control however firefighting operations continue.”

Lancashire Police are assisting Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, and have shared the map below showing the areas for road users and pedestrians to avoid.

Map of area to avoid in Preston after huge fire at former nightclub Pic: @LancsPolice / Twitter
Map of area to avoid in Preston after huge fire at former nightclub Pic: @LancsPolice / Twitter

Last night smoke was visible across the city and beyond.

Read more: Huge plumes of smoke visible across Preston as city centre building on fire

Twelve fire engines from Preston, Bamber Bridge, Fulwood, Wesham, Leyland, South Shore, Blackpool, Great Harwood, Hyndburn, Penwortham and Tarleton; two aerial ladders platforms from Preston and Blackpool; the air support unit; and a command support unit from Blackburn attended the fire.

A drone image shows the fire raging in the bottom floor of the former nightclub Pic: @lfrsdrone / Twitter
A drone image shows the fire raging in the bottom floor of the former nightclub Pic: @lfrsdrone / Twitter
Smoke billowing out from former nightclub fire Pic: Daniella Areas Mendes-da-Cruz
Smoke billowing out from the former nightclub Pic: Daniella Areas Mendes-da-Cruz
The fire seen from Boltons Court Pic: Shane King
The fire seen from Boltons Court Pic: Shane King
Smoke could be seen from Walton-le-Dale Pic: Heather Young
Smoke could be seen from Walton-le-Dale Pic: Heather Young
Former nightclub fire seen from Brindle Pic: Greg Skellorn
And from Brindle Pic: Greg Skellorn

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels and ground monitors, and worked with Lancashire Police, Preston City Council and other partners in a multi-agency response to battle the blaze.

The blaze is the third in the city centre in the space of a week. It follows a fire at St Joseph’s Orphanage and one at the former Odeon within hours of each other last weekend.

Read more: Second Preston City Centre fire within hours of orphanage blaze


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