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Blackpool Tower 'not on fire' police confirm as officers make arrest at scene

Blackpool Tower is 'not on fire', police have confirmed. Emergency services attended the scene following reports of a blaze in the seaside resort this afternoon. Lancashire Constabulary have since flown a helicopter close to the landmark.

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According to the force, what was believed to be flames was in fact orange netting billowing in high wind. An arrest has been made close to the tower. The top of the landmark is currently closed for renovation, and has been difficult to access. Crews from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service were seen entering the building shortly before 3pm.

Fire crew on scene Credit: LancLive

Credit: LancLive

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: "We know there are reports of a fire at Blackpool Tower and we just wanted to give you an update from our Divisional Commander Ch Supt Karen Edwards.

We are at the scene in support of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Blackpool Council and Merlin Entertainment. 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. One man has been arrested on suspicion of Breach of the Peace and is being transported to custody.

Credit: LancLive

Earlier, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said six fire engines and a drone team were in attendance. A spokesperson said: "We have 6 fire engines, the drone team and the rope rescue team currently in attendance at a fire on Promenade, Blackpool.

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