Three boys, aged between 14 and 16, have now been arrested and released on bail
A third teenager has been arresting following a fire which tore through a former cinema building in Preston last week (May 19).
The blaze broke out in the Odeon cinema and Evoque nightclub on Church Street on Thursday evening. The building was partly derelict and partly used by businesses at the time.
Residents were evacuated from their homes during the blaze – and the subsequent clear-up operation. Two 14-year-old boys have already been arrested and released on police bail, pending further enquiries.
This morning (May 22), a third boy, 16, was also arrested. He has also been released on police bail, pending further enquiries.
A joint investigation between Lancashire Police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is still very much underway to establish the cause of the fire.
Road closures remain in place around the building and the area is also closed to pedestrians, as emergency demolition work continues. It is expected this will be completed by Monday, May 23.
Det Insp George Binns, from Preston CID, said: “Three teenage boys have been arrested and all have been bailed while our enquiries continue.
“We are working hard with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to establish the cause of the blaze and are still asking anybody with information about it to come forward. Perhaps you were in the area at the time and saw something suspicious, or perhaps you have other information that could help us.
“Whatever you know, we would ask you to get in touch as soon as possible.”
Anybody with information is asked to call 101, quoting log 1347 of May 19th.