Smoke plumes above Wigan after fire breaks out at commercial building

A large fire broke out at a commercial building in Hindley Green yesterday, leading to plumes of smoke rising high above the town.

Sunday, 20th June 2021, 5:15 pm

Fire crews were called to reports of a fire in Swan Lane shortly after 3pm today, June 19. Engines from Wigan Hindley and Leigh were sent to the incident, which involved three lorries and a large quantity of tyres in a builder's yard.

A resident, Ricky Parkinson, posted footage on social media which shows smoke billowing into the sky, and reported hearing an explosion.

Another person said on Facebook: "There was a big fire ball then multiple explosions. I hope no one is hurt."

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Police had closed off Swan Lane while the emergency services deal with the situation but had reopened the road as of 5pm.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: “Just after 3pm on Saturday 19 June, firefighters were called to reports of a fire at a commercial building on Swan Lane, Hindley.

“Four fire engines from Wigan, Hindley and Leigh fire stations arrived quickly at the scene. The fire involved three heavy goods vehicles and a large quantity of tyres located in the building’s yard.

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two jets to bring the fire under control.

Image: Ricky Parkinson/Twitter: Shamotzil
Image: Ricky Parkinson/Twitter: Shamotzil

“GMFRS crews remain in attendance.”

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Firefighters at the scene