Arsonists target historic Blackburn building

Fire crews were tackling the blaze for around five hours

Fire crews were tackling the blaze for around five hours

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AN historic building in Blackburn has again been targeted in a suspected arson attack.

Four fire crews were last night called to the derelict Griffin Lodge and Coach House in Cavendish Place.

They were called just before midnight and said the building was well alight, with flames pouring from the windows and roof.

They were battling the fire until about 5am today.

The incident is being treated as suspicious and crews are investigating. They said the property had become a regular meeting point for anti-social youths.

It is only three months since the the Grade Two-listed property, previously used as a museum, was gutted in another suspicious fire.

While the fire was burning, Darwen fire crews had to tackle a blaze in a lift shaft in Blackburn.

Three crews from Darwen Fire Station went to Stancliff Street at 12.26am, as the Blackburn crews dealt with a large blaze in Cavendish Place.

It left severe damage to the lift shaft on ground and first floors. A spokesman said they were looking into whether the fires might be linked.

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3:43pm Sat 18 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

Did the council not make it secure , obviously not , the council must me made to put it back to how it was , not let it be burnt down so its a prime site for redevelopment bet that what comes out next , oh we can't afford to rebuild it wel tough even if your insurance goes up , its a listed building so make it secure and rebuild it , ion stead of acting like a pissspot council do thay employ arsonists well it looks like thay do ,,,
Did the council not make it secure , obviously not , the council must me made to put it back to how it was , not let it be burnt down so its a prime site for redevelopment bet that what comes out next , oh we can't afford to rebuild it wel tough even if your insurance goes up , its a listed building so make it secure and rebuild it , ion stead of acting like a pissspot council do thay employ arsonists well it looks like thay do ,,, phil kernot
  • Score: 16

6:01pm Sat 18 Jan 14

hugofakenham says...

Does this website,run by the local newspaper, not have access to a photographer or an archive of local photos.
Whenever a fire/arson is reported we get a photo of a fire engine.
If it's a police incident we get a fantastic, awe inspiring shot of a bit of "Police incident : do not cross" tape and if it's an accident we get a shot of an ambulance. Court cases are introduced with a shot outside the courts or even a gavel.
For suck's fake give us a break. It's like being entertained by
Sesame Street. What a cheapskate website.
Does this website,run by the local newspaper, not have access to a photographer or an archive of local photos. Whenever a fire/arson is reported we get a photo of a fire engine. If it's a police incident we get a fantastic, awe inspiring shot of a bit of "Police incident : do not cross" tape and if it's an accident we get a shot of an ambulance. Court cases are introduced with a shot outside the courts or even a gavel. For suck's fake give us a break. It's like being entertained by Sesame Street. What a cheapskate website. hugofakenham
  • Score: 17

8:59am Sun 19 Jan 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Is this a local paper or is it the fire brigade propaganda paper.
Is this a local paper or is it the fire brigade propaganda paper. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -1

9:21am Sun 19 Jan 14

coxy78 says...

wow this is hardly a surprise. It will likely speed up the process to make it a mosque or islamic school on the premises at a knockdown price. Watch this space!!!!
wow this is hardly a surprise. It will likely speed up the process to make it a mosque or islamic school on the premises at a knockdown price. Watch this space!!!! coxy78
  • Score: 5

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