Firefighters tackle fire at derelict mill in Bolton

7am update

Firefighters tackle the fire on Spa Road

Firefighters worked through the night to bring the fire on Spa Road, Bolton, under control.

The fire has now been extinguished, with fire crews dampening down any remaining hotspots from the outside of the building due to the structure being unsafe.

Operations have since been scaled back and one fire engine, alongside the turn table ladder, remain at the scene.

A multiagency meeting will be taking place later this morning to discuss the next steps for the building.

Spa Road remains shut between New Holders Street and Moor Lane while fire crews remain at the scene. Members of the public are being asked to avoid the area.

5pm update

At approximately 3.35pm on Monday, 8th May, firefighters were called to reports of a fire on Spa Road, in Bolton.

Six fire engines from Bolton, Bolton North, Farnworth and Horwich stations, alongside the hydraulic platform from Leigh, the command support unit from Bolton, technical response unit from Leigh and air unit, quickly attended the scene.

Firefighters at the scene of Spa Road


The fire involves three floors of a derelict five storey mill. Firefighters are using jets to extinguish the fire and a hydraulic platform, tackling the fire from the outside of the building due to dangerous conditions. 

Station Manager Adrian Taylor said: “Spa Road is currently shut in both directions and is expected to for a number of hours today.

“We are asking members of the public to please avoid the area for the time being and to allow firefighters to extinguish the fire. The swift actions of initial crews at the scene have stopped the fire spreading and escalating further.”

Fire crews remain at the scene at this time.

08/05/2023 17:47 PM