Man held in arson probe
A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson after a major blaze broke out in a shopping arcade, police said today.
Fifteen fire engines and around 90 staff from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service were being used to tackle the fire, which started on the ground floor of a commercial area opposite Blackpool's north pier and later spread to the roof.
Seven people, including a baby, were evacuated from the area.
A Lancashire Police spokeswoman said: "At 3.20am this morning police received a call from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service reporting a large fire at the Yates's wine lodge pub and the adjoining arcade in Talbot Square in Blackpool."
She added: "A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and is currently in custody at Blackpool police station."
Police said three people were treated for smoke inhalation but there were no further casualties.
A number of road closures were in place around Talbot Square.
Three aerial ladder platforms were also used to tackle the blaze.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman Kathy Stacey said: "It's a very, very big fire for us in terms of its size and intensity. It's very rare that we would have a fire involving that number of pumps."
She added: "Thankfully nobody was in the buildings and we're not looking at a lot of casualties. Had this been a terrace of homes it would be a different story, but it's obviously very sad for those business owners and the people who own those properties."
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli targeting policy under scrutiny after shellfire hits a mother and child, a school full of refugees and a doctor’s home
Iraq crisis: Isis orders Mosul shop keepers to cover mannequins
Comic Con 2014 attendees
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
McDonald’s removes chicken nuggets from the menu in Hong Kong amid major food scare
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
- 1 Malaysian cyclist could face disciplinary action after 'Save Gaza' gloves protest
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 McDonald’s removes chicken nuggets from the menu in Hong Kong amid major food scare
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 Satellite full of sexually experimental geckos adrift in space, Russia loses control of mission