Over 70 firefighters from Cumbria County Council Fire and Rescue Service were required to tackle a major blaze at a Barrow pub last night.
The fire service received a call at 2055hrs last night to attend at fire at The Lords Tavern, Abbey Road, Barrow. Initially two Fire Engines were dispatched but on arrival the crews were faced with a severe fire that had already engulfed most of the building. Additional resources were requested and at the height of the incident a total of 12 Fire Engines, an Aerial Ladder Platform, A Specialised Command Unit, a Welfare Unit and a number of operational officers attended; in total over 70 firefighters were dealing with the fire which is now under control. Other Fire Engines were moved around the county to ensure emergency cover remained in place whilst the incident was ongoing.
A small number of support Fire Engines from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service attended under our cross border support arrangements, but have since returned.
Fire fighters will remain at the scene through today to deal with any remaining hotspots.
The building consisted of a basement, ground and first floor and has suffered partial collapse with further collapse likely. Nearby residents have been evacuated and a reception centre set up at Forum 28. Close working between emergency services and local agencies has ensured a co-ordinated and effective response.
Abbey Road is closed between Hartington Street and Duke Street and is likely to remain closed for some time. Members of the public and local residents are strongly advised to avoid the area due to the ongoing risk of building collapse.
Chief Fire Officer Paul Hancock said:
"This was large and dangerous fire that required a significant and sustained response from our fire fighters, and support of colleagues from Lancashire. Thankfully it appears no one has been hurt in the blaze and we will now begin the fire investigation work to determine the cause of the fire. This was excellent fire fighting and the swift and effective action of the fire fighters on the ground contained a situation that could have been even worse."