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Fire crews have blaze under control

The scene at Morecambe Megazone on Friday morning. Picture: David Barnes

The scene at Morecambe Megazone on Friday morning. Picture: David Barnes

Fire crews are still at the scene of a major fire that broke out at the Megazone laser adventure game in the West End of Morecambe last night.

There are still small pockets of fire inside the building on Marine Road West, but fire crews now have it well under control.

Police discovered the fire at 6.18pm on Thursday and the blaze raged on for hours as crews fought to put it out.

Richard Edney, from Lancaster Fire and Rescue Service said: “We now have one fire engine plus one aerial ladder platform still at the scene.

“They’ll be there for most of the day to make sure the site is safe.

“There’s still some small pockets of fire inside.”

Lancashire Fire and Rescue said nobody was in the building when the fire started and nobody was hurt, but there is extensive damage inside.

Around 30 people were evacuated from neighbouring buildings, but Mr Edney said that the fire had not spread to the properties.

“The crews there did a really good job of stopping the fire spreading to the other properties.

“It was a big fire. There were nine engines and that doesn’t happen very often.”

The blaze came as firefighters went on strike for 24 hours yesterday in a row over pay and pensions.

But Mr Edney said this did not affect the response to the fire.

“We had over 50 per cent of our engines available last night, with firefighters based throughout the northern part of the county.

“A number of crews came from Darwen and Preston.

“We provide emergency cover for the whole county and we can position our crews where we need them.”

It is believed that the owners were away on holiday.

Crowds of hundreds gathered to watch as fire fighters used a hydraulic ladder to shoot water through the roof.

Thick black smoke billowing from the building could be seen for miles around.

 

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