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'It was unreal', says Carlisle fire witness

A witness to the large blaze in Carlisle has said, "the flames were so intense, it was unreal", after a fire broke out at the garage.

Speaking to ITV News Border, Lorraine Nixon, manager of the St Nicholas Arms Pub nearby, said you could hear the brick work falling from the building:

Six fire crews were called to a garage on London Road at around 6pm tonight, August 25th.

A man has since been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Carlisle garage fire: Man arrested on suspicion of arson

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after a large fire in Carlisle.

Half a dozen fire crews tackled the blaze at a garage on London Road at around six o'clock tonight, August 25th.

Alan Sowerby from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has told ITV News Border they suspect there may be an asbestos roof involved, so have placed a cordon around the area for the public's safety.

Officers have said man is currently in police custody and is helping with enquiries.

Crowds gather as large fire breaks out in Carlisle

Cumbria Police are asking people to stay away from part of London Road following a huge fire at a garage.

They have said it is not yet know if substances in the garage may become airborne with the fire, which could be harmful to breath in, so the public should avoid the immediate area.

Eye-witness video of fire crews trying to control the fire:

Fire crews tackle 'considerable incident' in Carlisle

Six fire engines have been tackling a large blaze at a garage on London Road, Carlisle.

The fire started behind a Domino's Pizza at around 6pm on Tuesday.

It is not known if there any substances in the garage that may become airborne with the fire, so the public are being advised to keep all windows closed and to stay away from the area.

Cumbria Constabulary have said it is a "considerable incident" and that road closures are expected to be in place for several hours.

Road closures are in place at junctions with:

  • Close Street
  • Grey Street
  • Brook Street

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.


Growing concern for missing Carlisle man

Cumbria Police are growing increasingly concerned for a 27-year-old man who was last seen in the London Road area of Carlisle.

Richard Whiskin was last seen at 2.45pm on Thursday August 20th.

He is described as a white male, of slim build, 5ft 9 – 6ft tall, with brown eyes, brown hair which is currently shaven on the back and sides, distinctive sideburns and facial hair.

He has a piercing in his eyelid and his nose and was last seen wearing a navy blue waterproof jacket, dark coloured jeans and blue Adidas trainers.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen Mr Whiskin to call Cumbria Police on 101.

If Mr Whiskin sees this appeal he is also asked to let Police know he is safe and well.

Carlisle pageant begins today

Puppets waiting for the Carlisle pageant to start. Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle City pageant kicks off today, with activities starting at 11am and continuing through until 4pm.

A community parade including giant puppets depicting key historic characters from the Jacobite period, including Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Duke of Cumberland, will parade from the Old Fire Station at 2pm making its way to the city centre via Scotch Street.

This year's parade route will be longer and will include more of the city's historic quarter, incorporating the Cathedral grounds and will end outside the recently refurbished Old Town Hall.

As part of the build up to the event, Prism Arts have been working with local schools to create costumes, banners and other Pageant themed items.

They have received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Carlisle City Council, with support from Ashlea Veterinary Centre to run school workshops and a free Summer School in Carlisle for young people and adults with learning disabilities.

Firefighters issue drink-cooking warning

Fire services Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning over the dangers of cooking while under the influence of alcohol.

Firefighters attended two kitchen fires in Carlisle in the space of two hours in the early hours of Sunday morning. On both occasions, the occupants were unaware of the fires until they were alerted by neighbours.

Joan Armatrading cancels Carlisle concert

Joan Armatrading Credit: Press Association

Singer Joan Armatrading has cancelled her concert in Carlisle tonight due to illness.

The three-time Grammy Award nominee had been set to appear at the Sands Centre this evening but the venue was contacted by the star's management this morning to say the gig was off.

“We were contacted early this morning by Joan’s management to advise us that she was unwell and therefore this evening’s show could not go ahead.

"We are clearly very disappointed, but wish Joan a speedy recovery. Our customers can claim a full refund by telephoning The Sands’ Box Office on (01228) 633766. Unfortunately it is unlikely that the date will be re-scheduled.”

– Jonathan Higgins, Sands Centre’s Arts and Events Manager
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