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Firefighters tackle intense blaze at industrial unit

Borough: Bolton

Incident Date: 30 November 2014

FIREFIGHTERS have spent the early hours tackling a large blaze in a unit at Wingates Industrial Estate, Westhoughton.

North West Fire Control sent crew from Horwich, Hindley and Atherton stations just after 2am this morning (Sunday, November 30, 2014).

A fire involving a large metal shipping container and two waste paper compactors had broken out at the side of a unit measuring the size of a football pitch.

Firefighters used covering jets and hand-held jets to extinguish the intense fire.

Station Manager, Kev O’Connor, said: “When firefighters arrived the fire it was very well developed.

“Initially they had difficulty gaining entry to the building due to a series of doors which were in place for security reasons.

“There was also a unit containing inks which were flammable so it was really important to have a strict firefighting plan in place as the fire had really taken hold within the building.

“Firefighters did a great job in getting the fire under control in hot and difficult conditions.”

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:37
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