Seventy firefighters tackle blaze at three-storey timber-framed development as 200 locals evacuated

Two hundred people were evacuated from their homes after fire ripped through a timber-framed housing development under construction in Blackpool on Friday. The fire broke out in a three-storey block of flats in Talbot Road at about 3.40am and was tackled by 70 firefighters.

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Locals described the scene as a "war zone"

Some locals described it as a “war zone” while others initially thought it was snowing before realising the “snow” was actually white ash. Firefighters took 45 minutes to bring the fire under control and surrounding streets were closed for several hours to enable the remaining hotspots to be damped down.

Firefighters said it was surprising that nobody was injured because the fire was so ferocious. Police are treating the incident as suspicious.