A BUSINESS saw its premises gutted after a massive fire, which may have been deliberately started, ripped through a Wigan industrial compound.
Hundreds of tyres and an articulated lorry were among the items reduced to charred and burning wreckage by the blaze at the Warisa Distribution Centre in Pemberton.
Firefighters worked for several hours to contain the enormous blaze, which sent huge plumes of acrid smoke into the sky which were visible for more than a mile around the Leopold Street site.
Fire crews were called to the scene shortly before 3.30am on Sunday, and firefighters were forced to don breathing apparatus to tackle the flames.
Huge piles of tyres, alorry and a Luton van were completely destroyed by the fire, which also damaged a crane and two other trailers.
Firefighters worked to contain the blaze and managed to prevent it spreading to the building on site and another HGV in the yard, while residents on a nearby housing estate also had a lucky escape.
Watch manager Dave Scully said: “If the wind had been blowing in the opposite direction we would have had to consider evacuating homes.”
Residents in Pemberton and Orrell reported ash falling into their gardens on Sunday morning.
Fire crews spent all day yesterday damping down the site. The fire is being treated as suspicious and a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) investigation is under way.