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Incident Date: 03 May 2014
CREWS have been at a scrap metal site in Wigan most of the night putting out a fire involving recycled materials.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service was called to Redbrook Road, Lower Ince, at around 7.25pm after reports of a small grass fire near the railway line.
Emergency Fire Crews, who were providing cover during industrial action, attended the scene and were met with a column of black smoke.
On investigation they found a fire in a large stack of recycling material.
Teams on four fire appliances spent around four hours tackling a deep seated fire to stop it from spreading and impacting on the local community.
After surrounding the fire and bringing it under control, the Fire Service was able to reduce the number of crews at the scene but ensured an appliance remained in attendance damping down until around 4.30am.
Assistant County Fire Officer Paul Argyle said: "It was one of a number of incidents attended by the Emergency Fire Crews during the course of this weekend's national industrial action.
"Although there was a limited number of fire engines available, we were able to respond to a variety of incidents and keep the community safe.
"As always we encourage residents and businesses to keep safety at the forefront of their mind but especially so during these periods of industrial action."
For more information about the contingency arrangements during industrial action and safety advice visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk