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Farce as 6 fire engines rush to Blackpool Tower ‘blaze’ – only for cops to reveal ‘flames’ are orange netting

by Staff

SIX fire engines rushed to Blackpool Tower to tackle a “blaze” – only for cops to reveal two hours later that “flames” were just orange netting.

Fire services said they were attending an inferno in the Promenade and told visitors to “stay away” from the 520ft iconic tourist attraction.

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The iconic tourist attraction was ‘on fire’ this afternoon
Photos from the scene appeared to show a bright orange blaze but it was actually netting

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Photos from the scene appeared to show a bright orange blaze but it was actually netting
Cops arrested a man on suspicion of Breach of the Peace

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Cops arrested a man on suspicion of Breach of the PeaceCredit: Splash
The Blackpool Tower opened in 1894

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The Blackpool Tower opened in 1894Credit: Getty
Fire crews dispatched six engines to the 'blaze'

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Fire crews dispatched six engines to the ‘blaze’Credit: Twitter
Cops also attended

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Cops also attendedCredit: DAVE NELSON

The attraction was evacuated and police shared the fire services’ update on the horror at the world-famous landmark.

Locals even bizarrely claimed they could smell smoke as chaos broke – with one man arrested.

But cops this afternoon confirmed just hours later that the “flames” were only orange netting and the viewing platform was never on fire.

Witnesses said roads were shut off as six fire engines rushed to the scene along with a specialist climbing team.

A drone team and a rope rescue squad were dispatched, with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service confirming they were attending a fire.

But, in a statement this afternoon Blackpool Police said “there was no fire” at all.

The force said: “We are at the scene in support of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Blackpool Council and Merlin Entertainment.

“The top of the tower is currently closed for renovation and difficult to access.

“Our helicopter has flown over the tower and there is no fire. We can confirm what can be seen is orange netting.”

A man was seen being put in cuffs as police confirmed he was arrested on suspicion of Breach of the Peace.

Traumatised locals cried how “devastating” the news was before finding out it was just an orange net.

A witness previously told LancsLive: “The street behind the tower was cordoned off, so you can’t get any closer.

“It’s been absolute chaos down here – people don’t expect something like this to happen to such a famous building.

“You can smell smoke down on the street.”

One person on X, formerly known as Twitter, said: “Blackpool Tower top is on fire, lots of people on the Promenade confused and panicking.

“Seems to be the top, below the Crows Nest. I really hope nothing is lost and everyone is ok. Devastating news.”

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “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.”

But now in an updated statement, they have said: “Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Promenade, Blackpool today by concerned members of the public, due to a combination of factors that led them to believe it was a fire.

“The area where the fire was suspected is generally inaccessible, therefore access to this area is difficult.

“A specialist team from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service gained access and confirmed that there was no fire.

“This incident was supported by the National Police Air Service, who used thermal imaging which provided further assurance.”

The Blackpool Tower first opened in 1894 and was at the time the tallest artificial structure in the UK and the world’s tallest building.

There have been two significant fires at the tower, one in 1897 and a second in 1956.

The 19th century blaze destroyed two viewing platforms, ropes and supports for the tower.

The second was caused by a lit cigarette which wrecked the tower ballroom and the lounge, with repairs taking 18 months to complete.

And a 2018 fire saw a dozen people stuck at the top of the tower for four hours as crews raced to stop the spread of the blaze.

During WW2, it was used as a radar station to defend the North West against German aerial attacks.

It was declared a Grade 1 listed building in 1973.

An annual live episode of Strictly Come Dancing is filmed in the tower’s ballroom, while a zoo and circus have also been held there.

A 2014 BBC article said 650,000 people visited the tower every year, while 18m visited Blackpool in 2021.

The tower was modelled after Paris’ Eiffel Tower after the mayor of Blackpool visited the Great Paris Exhibition in 1889.

A specialist climbing team were also called to help

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A specialist climbing team were also called to help
A previous fire in 1956 destroyed two viewing platforms, ropes and supports for the tower

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A previous fire in 1956 destroyed two viewing platforms, ropes and supports for the towerCredit: Rex Features
Locals bizarrely said they smelt smoke

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Locals bizarrely said they smelt smoke

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