Update: Home blaze causes ‘catastrophic’ damage

fire at Preston Road, Longridge
fire at Preston Road, Longridge

A blaze has caused “catastrophic damage” to a family home.

Fire crews were called to a bungalow in Preston Road, Longridge, at about 3.35am on Saturday.

Three fire engines and an aerial ladder platform were on the scene, and crews fought for hours to tackle the blaze.

Watch manager Tom Cookson said the fire had started in a bedroom.

He said: “The cause is still under investigation by the fire service.

“However, as a result of the fire spread, it has done considerable damage to the entire bungalow.

“The fire resulted in catastrophic damage to all rooms and the roof space, as a result of fire, heat and smoke.”

He said that, fortunately, the three family members were out of the bungalow when fire crews arrived, and there where no injuries.

He said: “Crews were there until 12pm damping down and making the building safe.

“We used two hose reels and two jets and an aerial ladder platform.”

Watch manager Cookson added: “I would urge people to ensure they have a working smoke alarm and that they test it regularly, as it enables an earlier escape and minimises the damage and impact to families.”