Thick smoke billows from fire at Wigan industrial estate

Black smoke over the industrial estate. Pic: Gary Achilles
Black smoke over the industrial estate. Pic: Gary Achilles

Thick black smoke filled the skies above Wigan when a fire broke out at an industrial estate.


Firefighters were called to a skip yard on Miry Lane at around 8.30pm on Wednesday.

Thick black smoke billowed from the fire

Thick black smoke billowed from the fire

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A large amount of builder's waste was alight in skips and industrial containers.

Marc Howson, watch commander at Wigan fire station, said: "There was quite thick smoke drifting across Wallgate so we got a lot of calls about it."

Crews from Wigan and Bolton fire stations spent around one-and-a-half hours tackling the blaze.

The smoke could be seen across Wigan town centre

The smoke could be seen across Wigan town centre

They managed to stop the flames spreading to nearby buildings.

It is thought the fire started as controlled burning, which was left unattended in a brazier.

Mr Howson added: "Make sure that if you do any controlled burning it's completely out before you leave it."

Firefighters at work tackling the blaze. Pic: Gary Achilles

Firefighters at work tackling the blaze. Pic: Gary Achilles