A Chorley garage has been left gutted by a major fire today (Thursday).
Yarrow Bridge Garage on Bolton Road was destroyed by the blaze, which broke out just after 2pm.
At one stage 30 firefighters fought to bring the blaze under control as the fire spread through the family-run firm.
There were fears that gas cylinders could explode.
Miraculously workers managed to escape before the fire took hold. The cause is being investigated.
There were miles of traffic tailbacks across Chorley as police closed Bolton Road outside Albany Science College because of fears for the public's safety.
Peter Cogley, station commander at Chorley Fire Station, said: "We received a 999 call at 2.20pm on Thursday to say that a long-standing garage was on ire.
"When we arrived, we found that it was a serious fire that required eight engines to attend the scene. We did all we could to stop it from spreading to the house next door and tried to save anything we could inside.
"We believe there were four mechanics inside the building when the fire started and they all managed to escape unhurt.
"The road was closed by police officers until we were happy it was safe for motorists to pass through. We were concerned because there were gas cylinders inside the building.
"We are investigating the cause of the fire."
A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary said: "We attended the scene of the fire and closed Bolton Road at the junction with Wigan Lane while the fire services dealt with the incident."
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