Two goats die in Preston fire

Two goats died as fire engulfed stables in Preston.

Firefighters were called to land off Sulby Drive, Ribbleton, just after 10pm last night.

Officers found the wooden stables well alight.

A horse had been led to safety by the owners, but two goats inside perished.

Preston fire crews used two jets to extinguish the flames.

A caravan nearby was also destroyed.

Watch manager Chris Wales of Preston fire station said the cause was under investigation.

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Fire crews search abandoned pub after blaze alert

Fire crews searched an abandoned pub after smoke was spotted pouring from the premises.

Three fire appliances, two from Preston and one from Penwortham, were called to the Old England pub in Ribbleton Lane at around 2 pm today.

Initially, the fire was reported to be at a nearby school.

However, firefighter were redirected to the former public house.

On arrival, they found a large amount of rubbish at the rear of the property was alight with smoke drifting into the building.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue service said: “It was initially believed there were people still inside the premises.

“Four teams wearing breathing apparatus and using hose reels were committed to carry out a search.

“It was later reported that everybody was accounted for.”
The rubbish fire was extinguished using water from a hose reel.

The fire is now under investigation.

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Six people saved from ‘severe’ flat fire

A mother and child were among those rescued from a blaze in a block of flats in Preston.

Three fire engines from Preston and Penwortham were called to Rutland Street at around 1.15am today after it was reported that people were trapped in a ‘severe’ fire affecting three first-floor flats.

On arrival, firefighters discovered residents had already rescued a mother and child from the fire, which had spread through the hallway and staircase and affected both the gas and electric feeds to the flat.

Electricity North West was called to disconnect the power for safety reasons, which left more than 200 nearby properties without electricity on Sunday morning.

A further four people were rescued by the fire service using a 10.5m ladder.

The fire was extinguished using two hosereels and four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus searched the property for further casualties, though none were found.

The mother and child were taken to Royal Preston Hospital by paramedics, where they were treated for the smoke inhalation.

An Electricity North West spokesman said: “Our engineers were called to attend Rutland Street this morning due to a property fire.

“In order to disconnect the property from the network we unfortunately had to take off surrounding properties.

“Just over 200 properties were affected. The supply has now been restored to all customers.

“We would like to apologise for the inconvenience.”

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Woman battles blaze to save family business

A 43-year-old woman from Thornley-with-Wheatley bravely battled to save her family business after a paint spray booth caught fire in her car body shop.

Tanya Heaton, the owner of Heatons Garage in Bamber Bridge, sprung into action after she spotted the developing fire in the extraction unit of a paint spray booth.

Crews from Bamber Bridge were called out to the blaze on Station Road at around 4 pm on March 27.

The fire was made even more dangerous than usual due to the presence of flammable paints, confirmed fire services.

Tanya said: “I was really frightened, my life passed in front of my eyes. We saw the fire and got out of the building, I’m not sure why we went back in but I just couldn’t watch my business go up in flames.

“Two of my neighbours, who work at next door at ASP Motors, Peter Sedgwick and John Powell, came to help me. I’ve just had a hip replacement and I couldn’t lift the extinguisher by myself.

“We managed to switch off the fan and gas and Peter managed to put most of the fire out with his extinguisher.

“The fire brigade said that it could have been ten times worse if we hadn’t got it under control.

“I’m so grateful for Peter and John’s help, without them I’d have lost the lot.

“My dad and uncle who set up the business are former firemen, and when I told them what happened, they said that you can tell that I’m a fireman’s daughter.”

Neighbouring business owner Peter Sedgwick said: “A member of staff came in shouting for help. We went out and gave them a hand. We could see that the fire wasn’t too big so we got the extinguishers out.

“We work very closely with Heatons and any help we were able to give them was our absolute pleasure.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said: “Two fire engines and crews from Bamber Bridge attended. Firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. There were no casualties.

“Whilst we are pleased it worked out well for this business owner, our advice still remains that anybody suspecting a fire in their premises should get out, stay out and call us out.”

Heaton’s Garage was set up by Tanya’s father and uncle and has been in operation since 1973.

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11 year old boy, dies in Lancaster house fire

An 11-year-old boy has died following a house fire in Lancaster at the weekend.

The 11-year-old boy who sadly died in the house fire on Coniston Road has been named as Cem Bora by police.

Police were called at around 4.50am in the early hours of Sunday (yesterday) to initial reports three people were trapped in the property, on Coniston Road.
They attended with the fire service and found an 18-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy who had managed to escape, but a third child was still inside the house.

Sadly the body of Cem Bora, also of Coniston Road – was found a short time later inside the address.

The 18-year-old man was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary, where he is receiving treatment. His injuries are not thought to be serious.

The 12-year-old boy is currently at Alder Hey Hospital, where he is described as being ‘extremely poorly’ although his condition is thought to be stable.

Our enquiries are ongoing and at this stage the fire is being treated as unexplained.

Detective Superintendent Steve Pemberton, who is leading the investigation, said: “This incident has taken a young boy from his family and our thoughts, first and foremost, are with them. I can only send them our deepest condolences at this devastating time.

“We are currently treating the fire as unexplained and our joint investigation with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is very much ongoing.

“We would now like to thank the local community for their patience while we remain at the address, where we are expected to have a scene on for several more days.”

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City centre takeaway destroyed by fire to reopen

A takeaway destroyed by a fire in Preston city centre is reopening yards from where the incident happened.

Sandos on the corner of Manchester Road and Church Street has new premises – just further up Church Street towards Church Row.

In May last year flames billowed from the building and part of the roof collapsed.

Fire at Sandos takeaway Preston

The old building remains fenced off with no sign of demolition or renovation.

Serving Portuguese chicken and kebabs the takeaway was popular with those on the way home from a night out.

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Preston Police issue warning for those who filmed van fire

Preston Police has issued a warning for those who were filming a fire in the city centre today.

A van caught fire on the Flag Market in the city centre after the engine overheated.

Witnesses reported over 200 people gathered to watch the fire be extinguished with many filming on their phones.

PCSO Ross Tinline said: “We have just been dealing with a van on fire at the junction of Friargate and Market Street. Fortunately no one was injured and the van has now been removed.

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“I would advise that standing next to a burning vehicle trying to get the best photo possible is not a good idea, and please save your marshmallows for toasting another day, the engine fluid may ruin the flavour a little…”

The fire started at around 12.45pm but was quickly extinguished by firefighters from Preston.

Jamie Palmer, the owner of nearby Yo Burrito, said: “Somebody parked a van at the Flag Market. It started smoking and got gradually worse then it was on fire.

“The fire engine was there within a couple of minutes so somebody must have called while it was smoking.

“There was a huge crowd, it must have been around 200 people, with lots of people filming on their phones.”

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