VIDEO: Huge fire at Daly Plastics in Horwich Loco Works

The Bolton News: Firefighters tackling the fire at Daly Plastics in Horwich. Pictures by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. Firefighters tackling the fire at Daly Plastics in Horwich. Pictures by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

FIREFIGHTERS are still at the scene of a huge blaze at a recycling plant in Horwich.

The fire broke out at Daly Plastics at the Horwich Loco Works at 12.30am today and it took crews six hours to put it out.

Two employees were working the night shift when they first smelled smoke, then saw thick, black smoke coming from an area of wooden pallets in the corner of factory.

They immediately vacated the premises and called the fire service.

Chorley New Road was closed in both directions while they dealt with the incident, but has since reopened.

People living close were told to keep their windows and doors closed as the fire involved a large amount of plastic and was giving off a lot of smoke.

More than 40 firefighters from both Bolton fire stations as well as stations in Chorley, Atherton and Farnworth were drafted in to help tackle the blaze.

The Bolton News: Firefighters tackling the fire at Daly Plastics in Horwich. Pictures by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

The Bolton News: Firefighters tackling the fire at Daly Plastics in Horwich. Pictures by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

The Bolton News: Firefighters tackling the fire at Daly Plastics in Horwich. Pictures by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Station manager Andy Bracken said: "When crews arrived, the whole premises were engulfed by flames and the conditions, which included high winds meant that there was a real danger of other buildings catching fire.

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"It is down to the quick, brave work of the firefighters who went into the building that no other properties or people were affected."

Fire chiefs are now carrying out a detailed investigation into the cause of the fire.

Daly Plastics director Simon Daly said: "We are devastasted. It's a family business and it's going to be four to six weeks before we can reopen.

"It has just knocked me for six, but I’m glad that noone was injured or killed."

You can see more photos of the fire here.

The Bolton News: Firefighters tackling the fire at Daly Plastics in Horwich. Pictures by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

The Bolton News: Firefighters tackling the fire at Daly Plastics in Horwich. Pictures by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

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8:21am Thu 27 Feb 14

westhoughton123 says...

Read again ....plastic recycling plant at Horwich Loco Works *not* Armstrongs this time.........
Read again ....plastic recycling plant at Horwich Loco Works *not* Armstrongs this time......... westhoughton123
  • Score: 25

8:26am Thu 27 Feb 14

Tommy60 says...

Sooner houses are built on the site the better Horwich will be.
Sooner houses are built on the site the better Horwich will be. Tommy60
  • Score: -8

8:43am Thu 27 Feb 14

The-Boltonian says...

westhoughton123 wrote:
Read again ....plastic recycling plant at Horwich Loco Works *not* Armstrongs this time.........
It doesnt say plastic recycling plant, it says a recycling plant and involves a huge amount of plastic.

Is there a plastics recycling plant there?
[quote][p][bold]westhoughton123[/bold] wrote: Read again ....plastic recycling plant at Horwich Loco Works *not* Armstrongs this time.........[/p][/quote]It doesnt say plastic recycling plant, it says a recycling plant and involves a huge amount of plastic. Is there a plastics recycling plant there? The-Boltonian
  • Score: -8

8:52am Thu 27 Feb 14

Cakelly says...

My apologies to Daly's for the comments I made assuming they were Armstrongs! However I still stand by my opinion that this site it totally unsuitable for this type of business, it is far too close to schools & residential areas!
My apologies to Daly's for the comments I made assuming they were Armstrongs! However I still stand by my opinion that this site it totally unsuitable for this type of business, it is far too close to schools & residential areas! Cakelly
  • Score: 6

9:22am Thu 27 Feb 14

Comment777 says...

Tommy60 wrote:
Sooner houses are built on the site the better Horwich will be.
Horwich can only get better...
[quote][p][bold]Tommy60[/bold] wrote: Sooner houses are built on the site the better Horwich will be.[/p][/quote]Horwich can only get better... Comment777
  • Score: -7

9:25am Thu 27 Feb 14

RubyBee says...

It doesnt even mention Armstrong's - it clearly states the fire is at Daly Plastics on the loco works!!!!!

I think people need to read the story before going off on a tangent!!
It doesnt even mention Armstrong's - it clearly states the fire is at Daly Plastics on the loco works!!!!! I think people need to read the story before going off on a tangent!! RubyBee
  • Score: 4

9:29am Thu 27 Feb 14

Cakelly says...

RubyBee wrote:
It doesnt even mention Armstrong's - it clearly states the fire is at Daly Plastics on the loco works!!!!!

I think people need to read the story before going off on a tangent!!
The original report just stated that it was a Recycling plant close to Chorley new road school, it has since been edited.
[quote][p][bold]RubyBee[/bold] wrote: It doesnt even mention Armstrong's - it clearly states the fire is at Daly Plastics on the loco works!!!!! I think people need to read the story before going off on a tangent!![/p][/quote]The original report just stated that it was a Recycling plant close to Chorley new road school, it has since been edited. Cakelly
  • Score: 13

10:25am Thu 27 Feb 14

angus macoatup says...

Simon Daly said: "We are devastasted. It's a family business and it's going to be four to six weeks before we can reopen." nothing about the long suffering residents though mr daly
Simon Daly said: "We are devastasted. It's a family business and it's going to be four to six weeks before we can reopen." nothing about the long suffering residents though mr daly angus macoatup
  • Score: -9

10:39am Thu 27 Feb 14

Chrome1 says...

Wait a minute, isn't there a story about some dodgy goings on with Warbies plastic bread trays? Mmmm, my mind's ticking like Miss Marple.
Wait a minute, isn't there a story about some dodgy goings on with Warbies plastic bread trays? Mmmm, my mind's ticking like Miss Marple. Chrome1
  • Score: 3

10:41am Thu 27 Feb 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Sounds a bit suspicious, what with a planning application in the pipe-line......... Insurance job!
Sounds a bit suspicious, what with a planning application in the pipe-line......... Insurance job! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 3

10:47am Thu 27 Feb 14

shirley_ jones says...

Too many fires at 'recycling centres'. Residents are at risk from the toxic fumes, from burning wood or plastics, emitted from these fires and will not be kept safe merely by closing doors and windows, as the fine particles, so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye, will penetrate into homes regardless. Even without a fire, wood dust per se for example, is a Group 1 carcinogen on the same level as asbestos and there is no 'safe' level anywhere for exposure to any carcinogen. Residents should be demanding that these 'recycling' plants be made safer than they are and should insist that dust levels and what it contains should be monitored constantly and dust elements speciated to establish exactly what it contains. Until this is known no one can say any of it is 'safe'. Exposing residents to these toxic dusts is one thing but toxic fumes from fires are even worse. Dioxins will be created and these speed up the carcinogenic process of any carcinogen.
Too many fires at 'recycling centres'. Residents are at risk from the toxic fumes, from burning wood or plastics, emitted from these fires and will not be kept safe merely by closing doors and windows, as the fine particles, so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye, will penetrate into homes regardless. Even without a fire, wood dust per se for example, is a Group 1 carcinogen on the same level as asbestos and there is no 'safe' level anywhere for exposure to any carcinogen. Residents should be demanding that these 'recycling' plants be made safer than they are and should insist that dust levels and what it contains should be monitored constantly and dust elements speciated to establish exactly what it contains. Until this is known no one can say any of it is 'safe'. Exposing residents to these toxic dusts is one thing but toxic fumes from fires are even worse. Dioxins will be created and these speed up the carcinogenic process of any carcinogen. shirley_ jones
  • Score: 12

10:50am Thu 27 Feb 14

Chrome1 says...

shirley_ jones wrote:
Too many fires at 'recycling centres'. Residents are at risk from the toxic fumes, from burning wood or plastics, emitted from these fires and will not be kept safe merely by closing doors and windows, as the fine particles, so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye, will penetrate into homes regardless. Even without a fire, wood dust per se for example, is a Group 1 carcinogen on the same level as asbestos and there is no 'safe' level anywhere for exposure to any carcinogen. Residents should be demanding that these 'recycling' plants be made safer than they are and should insist that dust levels and what it contains should be monitored constantly and dust elements speciated to establish exactly what it contains. Until this is known no one can say any of it is 'safe'. Exposing residents to these toxic dusts is one thing but toxic fumes from fires are even worse. Dioxins will be created and these speed up the carcinogenic process of any carcinogen.
Shirley, you are so boring. Who's going to read all that?
[quote][p][bold]shirley_ jones[/bold] wrote: Too many fires at 'recycling centres'. Residents are at risk from the toxic fumes, from burning wood or plastics, emitted from these fires and will not be kept safe merely by closing doors and windows, as the fine particles, so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye, will penetrate into homes regardless. Even without a fire, wood dust per se for example, is a Group 1 carcinogen on the same level as asbestos and there is no 'safe' level anywhere for exposure to any carcinogen. Residents should be demanding that these 'recycling' plants be made safer than they are and should insist that dust levels and what it contains should be monitored constantly and dust elements speciated to establish exactly what it contains. Until this is known no one can say any of it is 'safe'. Exposing residents to these toxic dusts is one thing but toxic fumes from fires are even worse. Dioxins will be created and these speed up the carcinogenic process of any carcinogen.[/p][/quote]Shirley, you are so boring. Who's going to read all that? Chrome1
  • Score: 1

11:06am Thu 27 Feb 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Chrome1 wrote:
shirley_ jones wrote:
Too many fires at 'recycling centres'. Residents are at risk from the toxic fumes, from burning wood or plastics, emitted from these fires and will not be kept safe merely by closing doors and windows, as the fine particles, so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye, will penetrate into homes regardless. Even without a fire, wood dust per se for example, is a Group 1 carcinogen on the same level as asbestos and there is no 'safe' level anywhere for exposure to any carcinogen. Residents should be demanding that these 'recycling' plants be made safer than they are and should insist that dust levels and what it contains should be monitored constantly and dust elements speciated to establish exactly what it contains. Until this is known no one can say any of it is 'safe'. Exposing residents to these toxic dusts is one thing but toxic fumes from fires are even worse. Dioxins will be created and these speed up the carcinogenic process of any carcinogen.
Shirley, you are so boring. Who's going to read all that?
By the time someone has read through that they would of choked to death on plastic fu..................
...
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shirley_ jones[/bold] wrote: Too many fires at 'recycling centres'. Residents are at risk from the toxic fumes, from burning wood or plastics, emitted from these fires and will not be kept safe merely by closing doors and windows, as the fine particles, so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye, will penetrate into homes regardless. Even without a fire, wood dust per se for example, is a Group 1 carcinogen on the same level as asbestos and there is no 'safe' level anywhere for exposure to any carcinogen. Residents should be demanding that these 'recycling' plants be made safer than they are and should insist that dust levels and what it contains should be monitored constantly and dust elements speciated to establish exactly what it contains. Until this is known no one can say any of it is 'safe'. Exposing residents to these toxic dusts is one thing but toxic fumes from fires are even worse. Dioxins will be created and these speed up the carcinogenic process of any carcinogen.[/p][/quote]Shirley, you are so boring. Who's going to read all that?[/p][/quote]By the time someone has read through that they would of choked to death on plastic fu.................. ... FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 1

11:07am Thu 27 Feb 14

Chrome1 says...

FOS1945....Ha ha (cough) ha.
FOS1945....Ha ha (cough) ha. Chrome1
  • Score: 1

11:32am Thu 27 Feb 14

atlas123 says...

I would have thought this type of light industry would be exactly what we need nestling into the light industrial zone on the edge of towns.

I'll wait for the cause but perhaps better quality purpose built light industrial units of the type proposed may well have helped prevent this.

There are tons of these sorts of small plastic upvc depots dotted around and you wouldn't even know... All would go up like an oil well in the right circs.
I would have thought this type of light industry would be exactly what we need nestling into the light industrial zone on the edge of towns. I'll wait for the cause but perhaps better quality purpose built light industrial units of the type proposed may well have helped prevent this. There are tons of these sorts of small plastic upvc depots dotted around and you wouldn't even know... All would go up like an oil well in the right circs. atlas123
  • Score: -1

12:02pm Thu 27 Feb 14

SleepingThunder says...

All to often you read about one of these Recycleing plants going up in flames,is this some scam or just bad safety
All to often you read about one of these Recycleing plants going up in flames,is this some scam or just bad safety SleepingThunder
  • Score: 2

12:30pm Thu 27 Feb 14

boltonnut says...

Shirley Jones might be a bit long winded but at least she knows what she's talking about.
Shirley Jones might be a bit long winded but at least she knows what she's talking about. boltonnut
  • Score: 11

1:21pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Rememberscarborough says...

Got to admit I thought there might be some connection with Armstrongs. Wonder if someone was targeting Armstrongs and got Daly's by mistake...
Got to admit I thought there might be some connection with Armstrongs. Wonder if someone was targeting Armstrongs and got Daly's by mistake... Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 4

4:28pm Thu 27 Feb 14

George X says...

boltonnut wrote:
Shirley Jones might be a bit long winded but at least she knows what she's talking about.
I agree unlike BWFC71 on the other hand ...
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: Shirley Jones might be a bit long winded but at least she knows what she's talking about.[/p][/quote]I agree unlike BWFC71 on the other hand ... George X
  • Score: 6

4:32pm Thu 27 Feb 14

bluebusman says...

so glad there was no casualties but we need this type of company now to maintain euro regulations on waste but seeing that the area is earmarked for new housing and people are against the proposal then wots the best way to get it through , "if you cant knock it down burn it down " comes to mind look at the greenwood arms ,look in the town center bolton .its only an opinion but makes you think
so glad there was no casualties but we need this type of company now to maintain euro regulations on waste but seeing that the area is earmarked for new housing and people are against the proposal then wots the best way to get it through , "if you cant knock it down burn it down " comes to mind look at the greenwood arms ,look in the town center bolton .its only an opinion but makes you think bluebusman
  • Score: 5

7:05pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Bobunder says...

I know the brothers that own this and I'm astounded at the comments saying it will be better off as houses and questioning them because they haven't expressed concern for the local residents lungs!! I think they have other things to worry about right now, such as saving their businesses and trying to continue working for their families and the families of their staff! Heartless uneducated comments, indicative of the backwards society that moans about worklessness then virtually celebrates when a local family run business burns down!! Unbelievable! That business has been the result of 80 hour weeks for the dalys for the last 2 /3 years! I'm assuming you've never set up and developed a successful business from scratch because you'd appreciate how catastrophic this is to company owners. Shameful!!
I know the brothers that own this and I'm astounded at the comments saying it will be better off as houses and questioning them because they haven't expressed concern for the local residents lungs!! I think they have other things to worry about right now, such as saving their businesses and trying to continue working for their families and the families of their staff! Heartless uneducated comments, indicative of the backwards society that moans about worklessness then virtually celebrates when a local family run business burns down!! Unbelievable! That business has been the result of 80 hour weeks for the dalys for the last 2 /3 years! I'm assuming you've never set up and developed a successful business from scratch because you'd appreciate how catastrophic this is to company owners. Shameful!! Bobunder
  • Score: 5

8:11pm Thu 27 Feb 14

J Magown says...

I know the owner of daly plastics personally ,
A hard working honest family man, he started this
Business from nothing after being made redundant
And has worked tirelessly to make it work, the people
He employed at the start are still employed to day.
He never claimed benefits or dealt in drugs for easy
Money unlike most , I find a lot of your comments
Distasteful and am glad he doesn't have time to
Read what most have written , to much time on your
Hands I think !
I know the owner of daly plastics personally , A hard working honest family man, he started this Business from nothing after being made redundant And has worked tirelessly to make it work, the people He employed at the start are still employed to day. He never claimed benefits or dealt in drugs for easy Money unlike most , I find a lot of your comments Distasteful and am glad he doesn't have time to Read what most have written , to much time on your Hands I think ! J Magown
  • Score: 10

8:16pm Thu 27 Feb 14

J Magown says...

"You know your own tricks best " freedom of speech
You simply haven't got a clue
"You know your own tricks best " freedom of speech You simply haven't got a clue J Magown
  • Score: 0

10:36am Fri 28 Feb 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

J Magown wrote:
"You know your own tricks best " freedom of speech
You simply haven't got a clue
Called 'having a laugh'. Something people do not participate in these days, people are too serious, liven tha fack up
[quote][p][bold]J Magown[/bold] wrote: "You know your own tricks best " freedom of speech You simply haven't got a clue[/p][/quote]Called 'having a laugh'. Something people do not participate in these days, people are too serious, liven tha fack up FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 0

11:44pm Fri 28 Feb 14

biglad44 says...

It's a good job we have brave firefighters willing to risk there lives for us all just look at some of the pictures very brave men and women.
It's a good job we have brave firefighters willing to risk there lives for us all just look at some of the pictures very brave men and women. biglad44
  • Score: 0

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