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Fire crew likely to remain at Ince fire for several days

Borough: Wigan

Incident Date: 17 August 2014

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Update at 5.15pm Monday, August 18

FIREFIGHTERS are likely to spend several days at the scene of a fire involving a large amount of wood in Ince, Wigan.

Crew were called to the incident at Isherwood skip hire in Cemetery Road shortly after 11.35pm on Sunday, August 17.

At the height of the blaze around 40 firefighters and eight fire engines were at the incident.

Crew used water jets throughout the night to tackle the fire and prevent it spreading further.

Resources were later scaled down and three engines remained on the scene throughout today (Monday, August 18).

Group Manager John Fletcher, who was in charge of the incident in its early stages, said: "The fire involved a 30-metre high stack that contained approximately 300 tonnes of clean wood that's used as reclaimed fuel to generate electricity back into the National Grid.

"Firefighters worked hard in hot conditions. The initial tactic was to surround the fire as much as we could and prevent it spreading to another, much larger stack of wood.

"Also next to the site is a pond that's of specific environmental interest so firefighters worked hard to contain fire water run-off to the site to stop it going into the pond.

"It's a very well developed and deep-seated fire and the strategy going forward will be to let the fire burn as naturally as possible while still preventing any fire spread using water.

"Due to the scale of the incident firefighters are likely to be at the site for several days."

The fire gave off quite a lot of smoke in the area initially but as the wood was clean the smoke was not believed to be harmful.

No roads were closed but traffic on Warrington Road was slow due to hoses being placed along the road.

Firefighters have spent most of today getting water onto the surface of the fire using jets and the aerial appliance to ensure it doesn't spread.

They also worked to locate an alternative water source to help relieve some of the congestion on Warrington Road before the tea-time rush-hour.

An investigation is underway to establish the cause of the fire.

10.30am Monday, August 18

FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a large amount of wood on fire at a Wigan skip hire site.

Crew from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were called to Cemetery Road in Ince shortly after 11.35pm on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

At the height of the blaze around 40 firefighters and eight fire engines were in attendance, and this was scaled down to three engines just hours later.

Crew used water jets throughout the night to tackle the fire and prevent it spreading further.

Group Manager John Fletcher, who was in charge of the incident, said: "The fire involved a 30-metre high stack that contained approximately 300 tonnes of clean wood.

"Firefighters worked hard in hot conditions to stop the fire from spreading to another large stack of wood."

The fire gave off quite a lot of smoke, however, this is clean and not thought to be harmful.

There are no road closures as a result of the fire, however, traffic on Warrington Road is moving more slowly than normal as hoses are in place along the road.

Firefighters are likely to remain at the scene for the coming days.

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Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:35
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