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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.


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.

Firefighters issue deliberate blaze warning

2013 wildfire at Siddick Ponds Credit: ITV Border

With the summer holidays well underway Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is urging parents to teach their children about the dangers of deliberately starting wildfires.

In 2013 the Siddick Ponds nature reserve near Workington was devastated by arson. The reserve has recovered and plant and animal life have returned, but firefighters say deliberate, nuisance fires can have fatal consequences.

Fire service's BBQ warning

BBQ fires are more common over the summer. Credit: PA

If you're planning to bring out the barbecue then make sure you do it safely. That's the message from Cumbria's Fire and Rescue Service.

They're noticing an increase in the use of portable BBQs over the summer period.

As well as taking care when lighting barbecues, people are being reminded not to take them indoors or inside a tent, following a spate of deaths caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.

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