Blackburn Road will remain closed as the abandoned factory will be demolished

A road in Accrington remains closed today as a building which caught fire yesterday is to be demolished.

The Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) is currently still at an abandoned mill on Blackburn Road, Church, Accrington, looking for hotspots and searching to secure the area.

Roads will remain closed during the day as firefighters wait for the building to be demolished.

A fire truck and aerial ladder platform are still on the property and the roads are still closed.

Abandoned building in Accrington. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service drone photo credit

In a recent update, LFRS said: “Six fire engines, an aerial ladder platform, the water tanker and the aerial unit attended an incident on Blackburn Road Church Accrington.

“The fire affected the first floor of an abandoned building which was well lit when the teams arrived.

“Firefighters used one jet and four ground monitors.

“The road closures of Blackburn Road, Bridge Street and Market Street remain in place and the incident has now been reduced to two fire engines.

“Cadent Gas has now isolated the main gas supply and the fire originating from the gas supply has now been extinguished.

“Firefighters are currently searching for hot spots and a multi-agency fire investigation is underway.

“Blackburn Road remains closed in both directions.

“We are working closely with partner agencies to minimize disruption to residents and businesses.

“There is no access via Bridge Street, which will remain closed pending the demolition of the building.

“Blackburn Road is currently closed but is expected to reopen within the next few hours.”

Blackburn Road was closed in both directions just before 5pm last night after a building caught fire.

Roads remained closed overnight and will remain closed pending demolition of the building.

Roads were due to be closed for just a few hours last night, but residents are urged to find alternate routes.

The police have been contacted for further information and we will let you know when the road is reopened.