A major fire at a historic building in Blackburn has caused traffic issues around the town.
A fire caught alight in Blackburn’s oldest church leaving firefighters to battle the blaze for more than four hours.
The 230-year-old building which plays host to the town’s Bureau Centre for the Arts is thought to have needed eight fire engines in attendance.
Reports suggest the fire started in the early hours of this morning (2nd April).
Chris Rainford, of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, has confirmed that the incident is now ‘fully under control’, but warned some roads in the area surrounding the building may still be closed for security reasons.
Lancashire Fire said, ‘At 5.22am today firefighters were called to a fire at the former St John’s church Blackburn.’
Blackburn BID also tweeted, ‘What a very sad day for the town, @BureauBlackburn, Kerris and all the team at this historic building. “So much hard work has gone into this project. Our hearts go out to everyone involved.’