Blackpool attraction fire 'averted by sprinkler system'

A blaze at one of Blackpool's major attractions was brought under control by sprinklers, a fire service spokesman said.

Fire broke out at a florist's shop in the Coral Island leisure complex on the Promenade in the early hours.

The sprinkler system also activated an alarm, which brought fire crews promptly to the scene.

A fire service spokesman said it "prevented the development of a potentially devastating fire".

Lancashire's chief fire officer Peter Holland said: "Fires often develop rapidly and immense damage can result if left unchecked, not least due to the spread of fire to property and premises some distance away from the original seat of the blaze.

"But for the sprinkler system installed in the premises, that could have been the scenario facing us this morning."

"The extensive investment in the Coral Island leisure complex, a premier attraction in the resort, includes the best type of fire protection there can be, a fire sprinkler system.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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