Fire crews called to Blackpool Tower
Upon closer inspection, it was discovered that there actually was no fire, the supposed flames actually being orange netting flapping in the wind and looking like flames from observers on the ground. At least the tower made the national news!
Fire crews have been called to deal with a suspected blaze at the iconic Blackpool Tower this afternoon. Flames have been reported coming from the metal section near the top of the famous structure, just above where the popular Blackpool Tower Eye is situated.
The Lancashire Fire & rescue Service have reportedly sent six fire engines to deal with the reported blaze, as well as a rope rescue team. The Lancashire Police Service have also sent offices.
The public have been instructed to keep clear of the area and all roads in the immediate vicinity have been closed. There is also a no-fly area around the structure for drones. Members of the public nearby have described the situation as ‘chaotic’ as the emergency services rushed to the area.
Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service issued a statement, saying: “We have six fire engines, the drone team and the rope rescue team currently in attendance at a fire on Promenade, Blackpool. Please stay away from the area. The drone team are in operation so please do not fly drones in the area as you may obstruct emergency operations.”
The road closures around the tower are causing a large amount of traffic problems and congestion, members of the public being asked to avoid the area if at all possible. Those planning to travel to the area have been told to make alternative arrangements for the time being.
Blackpool Tower has been a prominent landmark on the seafront at the popular seaside resort for 129 years and it stands some 518ft tall above the promenade.
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Flames can be seen close to the viewing platform at Blackpool Tower