Major fire at pub closes road in Darwen

A photo by Lancashire Telegraph reader Brian Hilton shows the intensity of the blaze

A photo by Lancashire Telegraph reader Brian Hilton shows the intensity of the blaze

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

More than 40 firefighters have been brought in to tackle a major blaze in Darwen this morning.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Services received calls about a fire at Frankie’s bar in the town centre around 1.30am today.

When crews arrived the flames had broken through the roof of the Church Street building, which was formerly used as a bingo hall.

Six fire engines and an aerial ladder platform attended the incident, which saw road closures put in place.

Police said early evidence points to the blaze not being treated as suspicious.

The 30m by 20m building has been severely damaged by fire.

One fire pump and an aerial ladder platform remain at the scene this morning to make sure all pockets of fire are extinguished.

A building inspector from Blackburn with Darwen Council is also expected to survey the scene today.

A police officer has been posted at the scene until the origin of the fire is discovered.

Church Street will remain closed until the building survey has been carried out and the building boarded up.

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6:05am Thu 22 Nov 12

warren2007 says...

didnt think fires started by themselves
didnt think fires started by themselves warren2007
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8:24am Thu 22 Nov 12

A Darener says...

warren2007 wrote:
didnt think fires started by themselves
It is called spontaneous combustion! A rare phenomena.
But I would suspect this fire is either deliberate or accidental, possibly an electrical fault.
[quote][p][bold]warren2007[/bold] wrote: didnt think fires started by themselves[/p][/quote]It is called spontaneous combustion! A rare phenomena. But I would suspect this fire is either deliberate or accidental, possibly an electrical fault. A Darener
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12:28pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Hendog says...

Really sticking your neck out there, "either deliberate or accidental"
Really sticking your neck out there, "either deliberate or accidental" Hendog
  • Score: 3

2:39pm Thu 22 Nov 12

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

I blame the smoking ban
I blame the smoking ban disgusted tunbridge wells
  • Score: 0

9:07am Fri 23 Nov 12

Rogi says...

Might it not have been accidentally spontaneous?
Might it not have been accidentally spontaneous? Rogi
  • Score: 0

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