A man has been arrested after a huge fire broke out at a former power station in Lancaster.
Shortly before 8am on Sunday (December 3), firefighters rushed to the scenes at Port Royal Avenue where thick smoke could be seen coming from the derelict Williamson Power Station. Now, a 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.
He has been bailed while enquires are ongoing, police said. The fire service is currently working with the Environment Agency to mitigate any impacts to the environment from water runoff – where there is more water than land can absorb.
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Road closures were in place on Europa Way and access to the industrial park was limited. A major incident was declared earlier this year following other fires at the former skip hire site and power station, and a multi-agency task force the Lancashire Resilience Forum, including the Environment Agency, Lancashire County Council, Lancaster City Council, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Lancashire Police, was set up.
A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “Following the report of a fire at the former A1 SupaSkips site on Port Royal Avenue in Lancaster we yesterday (Wednesday, December 6) arrested a man.
“The man, 36, was arrested at an address in Lancaster on suspicion of arson and has now been bailed. Enquiries are ongoing.
“A multi-agency response to the fire, which broke out in the early hours of Sunday morning (Dec 3), is continuing.”
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