Address: Brookside Street, Oswaldtwistle
Incident Number: 2007004929
Firefighters from Hyndburn and Blackburnwere called to reports of a fire involving a commercial premises on Brookside Street, Oswaldtwistle. On arrival firefighters found a well developed fire and requested additional support from the Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) and fire crews.
Ten fire engines are currently in attendance and there are some road closures in place. Colleagues from Lancashire Police have assisted in evacuating some residents from nearby properties and due to the large smoke plume, people in the vicinity are being advised to close their windows and doors as a precaution.
The fire is affecting a single storey building approximately 15m by 20m. The fire is currently being tackled by four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, two hose reels and two main jets, plus support from the ALP. The High Volume Pump (HVP) and aerial support unit are also en route.
UPDATE at 16:30 – the fire has been brought under control and crews continue to damp down. The number of fire engines at the scene is being reduced to six.
UPDATE at 18:00hrs – crews continue to monitor remaining hotspots and the gas and electric supplies to the affected building have now been isolated by the utility companies.