Address: Yewdale, Skelmersdale
Incident Number: 1811000032
Fire crews from Skelmersdale, Ormskirk and three appliances from Greater Manchester (Wigan, Leigh and Hindley) attended reports of a fire in the open near a disused commercial building, Yewdale, Skelmersdale. When they arrived at the incident they found the fire actually involved a disused college building approximately 80m by 40m. The fire was on the ground floor of the property and had spread to the second floor of the property at one end of the building. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were committed to the building to tackle the fire using two hose reels. At 07:24hrs the fire had been declared extinguished and the number of fire engines at the scene was reduced to three. This was to ensure that any remaining hotspots were dampened down so as to ensure there would be no flare ups. The fire is believed to have been started deliberately and as such a joint investigation alongside colleagues from Lancashire Constabulary is now underway. Firefighters are currently still in attendance and will carry out a fire investigation later this morning.