Blaze outside pub

A rubbish fire spiralled out of control outside a derelict pub in Wigan.

Saturday, 7th May 2016, 9:14 am
Updated Saturday, 7th May 2016, 1:45 pm
Burning rubbish outside The Royal Oak, in Standishgate
Burning rubbish outside The Royal Oak, in Standishgate

Crews were called to land behind The Royal Oak pub, in Standishgate, at around 9am on Saturday, after builders set fire to rubbish in a controlled setting.

However, as it has caused a lot of heavy smoke, crews from Wigan were called to extinguish the flames.

Watch manager Paul Baines said: “Some PCSOs saw the fire was getting out of control and called us. Builders renovating the pub were burning timber and the ashes caught hold of a big pile of rubbish, which was an accident. It was a controlled fire which we were informed about.

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“There was no danger of it spreading to the building.

“We used a couple of hose reels and were there for half an hour.”