Emergency services were called to put out a vehicle fire in Blackburn town centre this lunchtime.

The incident happened earlier today close to Blackburn Railway Station and the Cathedral Quarter.

The Fire service had cordoned off the area around the Boulevard Centre where the Community CVS is based.

Large plumes of smoke could be seen coming out the hood of the white Volkswagen which was parked close to the centre and the taxi rank in Railway Road.

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One man attempted to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher from behind a barrier but is unable to control the fire.

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In one video sent in to the Lancashire Telegraph, people can be seen running for cover as loud bangs are heard.

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service arrived to help put out the blaze and make the area safe.

It does not appear anyone was hurt in the incident which involved what appears to be a white VW Passat.

Witnesses said a recovery truck could be seen removing the burnt out vehicle from the area.

In this footage people can be seen running for cover loud bangs are heard.

The incident happened at a taxi rank next Blackburn Railway Station (below) and opposite the One Cathedral Square building.


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Update to follow