Commercial building fire in Burnley

Commercial building fire Accrington Road, Burnley Download Image

Date: 29/05/2020

Time: 00:14:00

Address: Accringont Road, Burnley

Incident Number: 2005010188

Firefighters from Burnley and Nelson were called to reports of a fire involving a commercial premise on Accrington Road, Burnley shortly after midnight. On arrival they found a significant fire involving a building approximately 40m by 20m believed to be used for rubber matting manufacturing.

Further firefighting support has been requested to assist with an additional five fire engines requested at the incident including: Colne, Great Harwood, a second crew from Nelson and Hyndburn, Rawtenstall, two aerial ladder platforms (ALP) from Hyndburn and Morecambe, the high volume pump (HVP) from Burnley and the stinger appliance from Skelmersdale. The command support unit from Blackburn and aerial support unit are also in attendance. (8 fire engines, 2 ALPs, Stinger, HVP, Command Support Unit and air support unit). Firefighters are currently working to bring the fire under control using multiple jets.

There is a large smoke plume being produced by the fire and any residents living nearby being affected by the smoke are advised to close their windows and doors as a precaution. Anyone travelling in the locality are advised to avoid the area.

UPDATE: 03:00HRS – Approximately sixty firefighters are working to bring the fire under control. The incident has now been sectorised and in addition to firefighting activity on the ground aerial monitors are now in use from the ALP and Stinger getting water on to the fire.

UPDATE: 05:00HRS – Firefighters have made good progress with the fire and are using ground monitors and the stinger unit to tackle the fire. There is still significant smoke being produced by the fire and as businesses may look to start opening in the local vicinity soon we’re reminding people in the Rosegrove area to keep their windows and doors closed as a precaution at this time until the smoke has dissipated.

UPDATE: 06:00HRS – Fire crews have surrounded the fire and the incident is now being reduced to four fire engines with the stinger, one ALP and the HVP still in use too. Fire crews will be working to extinguish small pockets of fire as the morning progresses. The earlier advice for local residents and businesses to keep windows and doors closed has now been revised after smoke in the area has dissipated.

UPDATE: 07:00HRS – This incident has now been reduced to two fire engines damping down. Fire investigations will begin as soon as it is safe to do so.