Major incident declared after huge fire engulfs Blackburn scrapyard with 50 cars and asbestos roofing

Firefighters from across Lancashire were called to a massive fire in a junkyard containing 50 cars and asbestos sheets.

A serious incident was reported by emergency services after a fire broke out on Chadwick Street in Blackburn last night (April 24th).

A total of 30 firefighters from Blackburn, Hyndburn, Bamber Bridge, Preston and Clitheroe were on site along with an air ladder platform and a command unit from Preston.

The road was closed overnight and the public were advised to keep doors and windows closed and to stay out of the surrounding area.

The incident was first reported shortly after 6:30 p.m. and firefighters stayed at the scene all night.

Station manager Chris Wareing said the 30 x 50 m fire in a commercial building triggered Operation Merlin – an emergency plan that comes into effect in the event of major incidents.

Mr Wareing said this was due to the large amount of smoke and asbestos sheets that were “now treated”.

Firefighters worked all night to get the fire under control

In a statement, Lancashire Fire and Rescue initially said: “On April 24 at 6:36 p.m., six fire engines from Blackburn, Hyndburn, Bamber Bridge, Preston and Clitheroe, as well as an aerial ladder platform and a commando unit from Preston, visited an office building fire on Chadwick Street, Blackburn.

“The fire affected a 30 x 50 m building with multiple vehicles inside. The property was in good condition when firefighters arrived.

An updated statement at 9:30 pm said, “Crews are continuing to fight this fire and will likely be present by morning. Chadwick Street will be closed while the fire fight continues. Please plan an alternate route.”

It is assumed that there are still road closures this morning (Sunday).

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