Blackpool Tower fire: 12 people trapped at top as fire crews extinguish flames

Blackpool Tower fire – people stranded at top of tourist attraction for four hours after fire

A number of people were held in a ‘safe area’ at the top of the Tower after a small fire in the building below

Visitors were held in a ‘safe area’ at the top of Blackpool Tower after a fire within the landmark site.

Four crews of firefighters successfully fought the blaze at the iconic structure.

The engines were called to the scene at 12:39pm on Wednesday afternoon.

The be 12 people inside were trapped above the fire and were evacuated after fire was out.

According to the Manchester Evening News the fire started in the brick building directly beneath the metal tower structure itself.

Fire crews from Blackpool, Bispham, St Annes, Morecambe and Wesham were at the scene.

An aerial ladder unit from Preston was also sent to the scene ‘as a precaution’.

A Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the tower was evacuated earlier this afternoon.

In a tweet the force confirmed the fire was out.

They tweeted: “The fire in the Blackpool Tower complex is now out and the people held at the top of tower are being brought down.

“Firefighters will remain at the scene for the next few hours to damp down and begin the fire investigation.”

Earlier a spokesman for the service said: “Fire crews were called to Blackpool Tower at 12.39pm to a fire on the tower building roof. This is not a fire in the tower itself.

“As far as we’re aware this is a small fire. People have been evacuated from the building. There are several people inside, above the fire, who are being kept safe by firefighters.”

Speaking to BBC Lancashire the manager for Merlin Entertainment at Blackpool Tower said there was a ‘”small fire’” on the roof of the ballroom but that “everybody is safe”.

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