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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University buys Lamb and Packet pub

A Preston drinking institution has been sold to the university.

Brewery Thwaites have revealed the Lamb and Packet pub which has stood in Friargate since the early 1800s has a new owner.

The University of Central Lancashire has purchased the pub after it went on the market in September last year.

The pub stands in a strategic position for the university on the Adelphi roundabout which is due for major redevelopment as part of the university’s £200million Preston campus masterplan.

A spokesman for the University said: “When the pub came up for sale we decided to make a bid. The property represents an ideal opportunity to consolidate our estate and in the long-term will help us create a more joined-up campus. This strategy is particularly important as we work towards the delivery of our £200 million Campus Masterplan.

“At this point we don’t have any specific plans for the use of the building but it will no longer operate as a public house.”

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The George pub Chorley in flames

Fire fighters are currently at the scene of a major blaze at a pub in Chorley.

A fire at The George pub on Thomas Road was reported to fire services at around 8.10am this morning.

Police and fire services have closed St Thomas’s Street, Crown Street, Union Street and the one way system onto Market Street while they combat the blaze. It is not known if anybody was injured during the blaze but it is thought that the pub has been seriously damaged. Police are advising people to “avoid the area if possible.”

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UPDATE

The crews were alerted to the blaze by no less than nineteen 999 calls from concerned passers-by who spotted flames bursting from the lower story.

Police and fire services have closed St Thomas’s Street, Crown Street, Union Street and the one way system onto Market Street while they combat the blaze.
According to Lancashire Fire and Rescue, The ground floor of the pub is well alight and the other two floors are heavily smoke logged.

Crews are using water jets placed around the property to stop the blaze from spreading to neighbouring properties.

It is not thought that anybody was injured during the blaze but it is the pub is thought to have been seriously damaged. Police are advising people to “avoid the area if possible.”

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Abandoned pub fire was ‘deliberate’

Firefighters tackled a blaze in an abandoned pub amid fears a man was trapped inside.

Four engines from Preston fire station were called to Ribbleton Lane at around 3.50am to a fire in the abandoned Old England pub. A woman at the scene believed her boyfriend may have been trapped inside by the smoke.

Six firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus searched the property, including the basement, but no casualties were found and the fire was extinguished, It is believed the fire was started deliberately, and police are investigating. Watch manager Mark Woodward said:

“These sort of fires are deliberate and dangerous. “Going into an abandoned building is extremely dangerous for our crews. It puts us at great risk to search it.

“People who start these fires must consider the consequences of their actions.”

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