Fire at a chicken farm in Preston

Date: 13/11/2018

Time: 20:03:00

Address: Rosemary Lane, Preston

Incident Number: 18011005490

An estimated 21,000 chicks have perished in a fire in a single-storey building measuring 70 metres by 20 metres floor plan. Five fire engines and an aerial ladder platform (ALP) and crews were assigned, two from Preston, one from Fulwood, one from Penwortham and ALP and support pump from Blackpool. At the time of writing (9.45pm) firefighting is still underway, with the use of two main jets and a hosereel. No people have been injured. The cause of the fire is to be established.

Update at 10.25pm: The fire was prevented from spreading to adjacent buildings and has been reduced to residual burning in isolated pockets that are being steadily extinguished  (damping down).

Update Wednesday 14/11/18 at 9am: Damping down concluded around 7.30am this morning. The investigation into the cause of the fire continues.