'Fire' at Blackpool Tower is orange netting, Lancashire Police confirm

  • ITV Granada Reports journalist Paul Crone reports from Blackpool

Police have confirmed a "fire" at Blackpool Tower was actually orange netting as renovations take place.

Lancashire Police said: "The top of the tower is currently closed for renovation and difficult to access.

"Our helicopter has flown over the tower and there is no fire.

"We can confirm what can be seen is orange netting."

The incident at Blackpool Tower was first reported at around 2:15pm on 28 December.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue had six fire engines, a drone team and rope rescue team at the 'fire' on the Promenade.

Emergency services responded to reports of a 'fire'. Credit: PA Media

Pictures and videos appeared to show 'flames' at the top of the iconic 380ft structure.

A spokesperson for Merlin Entertainments, which runs the tower, said: “We can confirm that the fire brigade are on site at the Blackpool Tower and have established that there is no fire.

“Our well-rehearsed emergency procedures were implemented, and we can confirm that what looked like a fire from a distance was in fact lights on a reflective netting surface at the top of the tower.”

A member of staff confirmed the tower had been evacuated.

One witness said: "At least three fire engines arrived in a matter of minutes, and then the street behind the tower was cordoned off, so you can't get any closer. 

"It's been absolute chaos down here - people don't expect something like this to happen to such a famous building.

"You can smell smoke down on the street and see what looks like flames coming from where I think the viewing platform is.

"We heard everyone inside had been evacuated. I hope nobody was hurt."

Lancashire Police said a man has been arrested on suspicion of Breach of the Peace.

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