Probe into blaze at 20-tonne tyre dump
AN investigation has been launched into a huge blaze which ripped through 20 tonnes of tyres.
Forty-five firefighters were drafted in to deal with the blaze, which was close to a mill, at Campbell Street in Farnworth.
The fire started at 3.30am on Saturday morning and raged late into the afternoon.
Firefighters remained on scene for most of the day and fire service investigators were at the scene yesterday.
The cause of the blaze is not yet known. Station manager Ben Levy, who was part of the incident command team, said: “We have had eight appliances down at Campbell Street with an aerial appliance.
The main priority was protecting the mill.
Firefighters got the main seats of fire under control.
There was a lot of tyres, possibly 20 tonnes of tyres.
“The crews worked very hard in difficult conditions due to the thick smoke.”
Neighbours raised the alarm after spotting smoke and contacted the fire brigade.
Firefighter Levy said the fire spread to a nearby single storey soft furnishing business.
The business suffered some water damage but sprinklers inside the building helped prevent the fire from spreading.
Firefighters advised people to keep windows and doors shut because of the smoke — but the fumes were not said to be harmful.
The smoke from the scene could be seen milesaway from the site.
Cllr Asif Ibrahim, for Farnworth, who lives near to where the fire took place, said: “The firefighters have done a sterling job. Properties that back onto the street have had a little bit of fire damage. I first saw smoke from the bedroom window and it was quite visible, some of the flames early on were quite high.
“Fortunately it’s an absolute blessing that somebody wasn’t injured.”
A police spokesman said officers helped with traffic diversions.
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