A joint fire service and police investigation into a suspected arson attack has been launched after firefighters tackled a huge fire in Blackpool.

Eight fire engines, police and paramedics raced to Queen's Promenade at around 2.20pm today (December 1) after a fire broke out at Hacketts York House Hotel.

Lancashire Constabulary closed off a section of the Prom between Gynn Square and Empress Drive.

Several roads remains closed this evening with four fire engines still at the scene.

Police have told LancsLive that the fire is being treated as 'suspicious' and a joint investigation is underway.

An appeal has been launched for local CCTV and anyone with information.

A spokesperson said: "Blackpool Police are currently in attendance, alongside Lancashire Fire and Rescue service, at a fire in an abandoned hotel on the Queens Promenade.

"We ask that if possible people avoid the area due to road closures that have been put in place for public safety and to allow LFRS to tackle the fire.

"If anyone has any information about the fire or CCTV from the surrounding area please call 101 and quote log reference number LC-20201201-0709."

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said they are still investigating the cause of the fire.

In a statement released this evening, a spokesperson said: "Eight fire engines and an aerial ladder platform from Blackpool, South Shore, Bispham, Fleetwood, St Anne’s, Lytham and Preesall attended a fire in a derelict building on Queens Promenade in Blackpool.

"Firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus used four hose reels, a thermal imagining camera and triple extension ladder to bring the fire on the second floor of the building under control.

"They were assisted by a Lancashire Police drone.

"The incident has now been reduced to four pumps as crews continue searching the building and damping down, checking for any remaining hot spots or fire spread.

"The promenade is closed between Gynn Square and Empress Drive."

North West Ambulance Service said paramedics were called to the scene but later turned away when no injuries were reported.

A spokesperson said: "We were called at 2.33pm to reports of a fire.

"A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and a tactical commander attended. The ambulance was not required."

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