THIS is the first picture of a huge blaze that erupted in the early hours of this morning at a skip hire and waste yard in Ince.
An investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze at Isherwood Skip Hire on Cemetery Road, which crews tackled throughout the early hours of this morning.
At its height, flames rose up to 100 feet in the air and 25 firefighters from five pumps from Hindley, Wigan, Atherton and Hyde helped bring two burning piles of wood under control after it was reported just after 11.30pm last night.
Initially, firefighters struggled to get to the blaze because of two guard dogs behind the gate but after their owner arrived, the fire was brought under control.
Firefighters who attended the scene have said there was no danger to any nearby properties and nobody was on the site at the time but the amount of smoke that was coming from the area was a concern and could be seen from 10 miles away.
There were a number of lorries in the yard and crews worked hard to save them, but one of the HGVs was already damaged by the fire when firefighters arrived.
Crews expect to be at the scene all day today.
Among the 1,000 cubic metres of rubbish which was being burnt was wood and chipboard.
Watch Manager Kevin Wright said: “We are using four large jets to tackle the fire which is now under control.
“Because it is waste timber that is alight, it burns well but we do have it under control and we have stopped it spreading.”
For the full story see tomorrow’s Wigan Evening Post.