VIDEO: Fire in Morecambe interrupts 9/11 tribute

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Fire crews raced to a blaze at Morecambe’s former fairground as they were preparing to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11.

The crew at Morecambe fire station got an emergency call to go to the Frontierland site at 1.45pm on Thursday, just as they were about to have a minute’s silence in memory of those who died in the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Frontierland site, Morecambe.

The Frontierland site, Morecambe.

Thick black smoke billowed into the air over the promenade as firefighters raced to the scene on Marine Road West.

A spokesman for Morecambe fire station said they initially feared the blaze would turn out to be as serious as the Megazone fire on the seafront three months ago.

But when the crew arrived on the scene they discovered the fire, which began in rubbish on wasteland behind the Ranch House Bar, was only small.

It was quickly brought under control and extinguished in around 10 minutes.

John Berry, an eye witness, said the fire stemmed from a big hole near where the log flume used to be.

John has kindly sent us this video of smoke spiralling into the air above Frontierland this afternoon.