UPDATE: Fire badly damages Morecambe family fun arena

Police evacuate residents near blaze at a top seaside family attraction.

Residents had to be evacuated from their homes as fire badly damaged Megazone laser tag centre on Marine Road West in Morecambe.

The blaze at Megazone in Morecambe - Picture by Emily Haigh

The blaze at Megazone in Morecambe - Picture by Emily Haigh

The blaze broke out at 6.18pm on Thursday and 25 flats close by had to be cleared after fears it could spread.

The occupants were only allowed to go back into their homes in the early hours of Friday when firefighters felt they had the incident under control.

A police spokesman said: “When the first brigade arrived they found a substantial blaze had taken hold of the building and was threatening nearby properties.

“We evacuated 25 flats and the council opened up an emergency rest centre.

“The fire brigade had eight pumps fighting the blaze. And it took them until 1.15am before they were satisfied it was under sufficient control for the people to be allolwed back into their homes.”

Firefighters were continuing to damp down the remains of the Megazone building. A joint fire and police investigation into the cause of the plaze was also underway.

* If you have any pictures of the fire send them in to: rosie.swarbrick@jpress.co.uk