Last night (Sunday 25 April) Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire on Worcester Road in Blackburn. This affected several homes owned by social landlord Together Housing some of which are badly damaged.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are currently undertaking a detailed investigation as to the cause of the fire. No further comment will be made as to the cause of the fire until this investigation has been concluded.
Group Manager Caroline Harrison of Lancashire Fire Service said;
“Fire crews were called to reports of a fire at a domestic property on Worcester Road in Blackburn at around 17:20hrs on Sunday, 25th April. The fire was located at the rear of the property and had spread to involve several neighbouring properties.
“Eight fire crews, along with an aerial ladder platform and stinger appliance were used to bring the fire under control and make the scene safe.
“One fire engine remained at the scene overnight monitoring for hotspots and after a multi-agency meeting in the morning of April 26 the site was handed back to Together Housing.
“A full investigation into the cause of the fire is underway and we will be continuing to work alongside partners over the coming days to provide support and reassurance for residents in the area.”
Together Housing had staff members on site soon after the fire was reported yesterday evening. Temporary accommodation – including putting some residents up in hotels – was found for everyone who needed it. We have a large presence in Worcester Road to continue to support our residents and the wider community.
The site has been handed back to Together Housing who will make this secure. Together Housing will continue to work with residents to provide support to meet any ongoing housing needs.
Ian Clark – Director of Strategy, Communications and Communities said;
“Keeping our residents safe is Together Housing’s top priority and our thoughts are with all residents affected by the fire at Worcester Road. We acted quickly last night to have staff on site to provide support to our residents and the wider community. Staff remain on site today and if any resident needs help then please get in touch with us on 0300 555 5560.
“We would ask our residents not to speculate as to the cause of the fire and let the Fire Service undertake their detailed investigation.”