A car has ploughed into a row of shops before bursting into flames in Blackburn.

Emergency services were called to Bank Top at around 6.30am on Saturday after a car, which is believed to have been travelling at excessive speeds, crashed into a building opposite St Wilfrid's school on Bank Top.

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The driver has been detained by the police.

The incident is ongoing and police remain on scene awaiting building inspectors who will assess the safety and integrity of the structure.

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A spokesperson for the fire service said: "We were called at around 6.30am to a car which had gone into a building and then set on fire.

"The building was a shop with flats above and the occupants of the flat were evacuated.

"We believe the speed the car was going at was ridiculously fast."

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It is not thought anyone was seriously injured in the incident.

More to follow.