Fire crews have confirmed investigators will remain at the Old Orphanage in Preston overnight. Early indications suggest a huge blaze that sent smoke billowing into the sky was “not deliberately” started.
However, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed investigators are expected to remain at the Mount Street site into tomorrow (May 2). That is because a thorough investigation will begin once the blaze has been fully extinguished.
Firefighters confirmed six crews – including the aerial platform – attended the scene shortly before 6pm. The incident has now been brought under control.
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But a “multi-agency meeting” is set to take place on Tuesday. A Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Six fire engines from Penwortham, Preston, Fulwood, Bamber Bridge, and Leyland, and two aerial ladder platforms from Preston and Blackpool were called to a building fire on Mount Street, Preston. Firefighters used one jet and one hose reel to bring the incident under control. Firefighters will remain at the scene until Tuesday morning when a multi-agency meeting will take place.
“The fire at this moment in time is not believed to have been started deliberately but a full fire investigation will begin once the fire has been fully extinguished.”
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