Fire At Blackpool’s Iconic Arcade

An electrical fire has damaged Blackpool’s Coral Island complex. The venue is the largest free indoor family attractions in the city. Located at the side of the old Central Station, it first opened to the public back in 1978.

On the 24th September 2019, a fire started close to the exterior of the complex around midnight. Fire crews from Lancashire Fire and Rescue were able to contain the damage, and no one was hurt during the blaze.

A posed on Coral’s Facebook page said a faulty light caused the blaze. The fire was contained by the sprinkler system, and there was “no significant damage”.

“Today we are open as usual!” the spokesperson wrote.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Four fire engines from Blackpool, South Shore and Bispham were called to a fire at a commercial property on the Promenade, Blackpool.

“Firefighters used two hose reels, ladders and thermal imaging cameras to extinguish the fire on the roof.

“Firefighters were at the scene for nearly two hours. The fire investigation begins this morning.”

News of the blaze spread quickly via social media. Many had assumed that the fire had destroyed the arcade entirely.

One Twitter user took to the platform to tweet “Just woke up to a video of Coral Island burning down and I honestly think this is the worst thing that has ever happened my whole childhood was there.”

However, it was evident by the morning of the 25th that the damage was mostly superficial.

Looking Forward To Christmas

Coral Island has announced via its website that Santa’s Grotto will be open from 23rd November until 22nd December. Every Saturday and Sunday Santa will be in his Grotto from 11am until 6pm. Tickets are priced at £7.50 for over 3’s and £5.00 for under 3’s.