Address: Jubilee Road, Haslingden
Incident Number: 2101001726
At 12:31pm, fire crews were called to a commercial building on Jubilee Road in Haslingden. On arrival crews found the fire involved a commercial mill building approximately 200m by 90m. The fire was well developed and a further eleven fire engines were requested to assist with firefighting operations. There are currently 14 fire engines from Rawtenstall, Great Harwood, Bacup, Darwen and Fulwood, as well as seven fire engines from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, in attendance including an aerial ladder platform, high volume pump and stinger appliance. Firefighters are tackling the fire using eight jets and a ground monitor. Due to the large smoke plume being produced by the fire residents living close by are being advised to close their windows and doors as a precaution.
Further updates to follow.
UPDATE: 15:20HRS Firefighting is still ongoing. The incident had now been sectorised. High volume pump, hose layer and a scorpion appliance from GMFRS are in use. Approximately 30 domestic properties have been evacuated as a precaution and have been given temporary accommodation. There is still a significant amount of smoke being produced by the fire at this time. Further updates to follow.
UPDATE: 16:34HRS Fire fighting operations are continuing using aerial support from both Manchester and Lancashire fire service. The fire is now under control however there is likely to be a number of fire engines at the scene for some time yet dampening down. There are still road closures in effect so avoid the area if possible. There are no casualties reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation however, there is currently no reason to believe that it is suspicious.
UPDATE: 21:50HRS Firefighting is still ongoing but has now been reduced to 10 fire engines all from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. Crews are continuing to damped down using an arial ladder platform, high volume pump, Stinger and hose layer. Evacuated residents are currently sheltered in a nearby rest centre. Residents living near to the incident are still advised to keep windows and doors closed due to the smoke plume.
UPDATE: 22:15HRS It is now safe for the evacuated residents to return to their homes and all local residents are now able to open their doors and windows.
UPDATE 00:47HRS The incident has been reduced to 5 fire engines and an aerial ladder platform, dampening down will continue through the night. Residents are now safely back in their homes.
UPDATE 15:39HRS Incident has been further reduced to two fire engines, one aerial ladder platform and a high volume pump.