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New look fire engine to the rescue in Lancashire

New look fire engine for Blackburn and Burnley Credit: LFRS

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has new weapon to help them deal with emergencies.

It'll be used as a normal firefighting pump at Blackburn and Burnley fire stations for 6 months as part of a trial.

Parts of the vehicle were designed with aircraft fire-fighting in mind.

It includes the Stinger piercing tool designed to hammer its way through aircraft fuselages to jet water inside. But in Lancashire it'll be used to penetrate roofs so the water jet can reach maximum effectiveness inside.

The water output is 2½ times that provided by the usual fire appliance, delivering up to 5 ½ thousand litres per minute.

New weapon in fire-fighting Credit: LFRS


Police searching for man after woman's body found in house in Blackburn

Police want to speak to a male friend of a 45-year-old woman whose body was found at her home in Lancashire.

Officers were contacted by the ambulance service to a report of a sudden death at a house in Warrenside Close, Blackburn, at about 2.30pm on Wednesday.

The woman, who has not been formally identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her death is being treated as unexplained and further inquiries are being carried out to try to establish the exact cause.

Detectives believe Lee Grime, 35, who also lived at the address, may have key information about the circumstances of the death.

Police want to trace Lee Grime Credit: Lancashire Police

Mr Grime is described as 5ft 10in, of slim build and with short straight hair. He was last seen wearing dark trousers, a dark and light blue jacket and white trainers.

He also has links to the Blackpool and Bolton areas as well as Cheshire and Merseyside.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0703 of January 11, or Crimestoppers, the independent charity, on 0800 555 111 or online at

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