Tyre fire started at abandoned Wigan mill

Fire incident
Fire incident

Firefighters were called into action last night after trespassers started a blaze at an abandoned mill.

Crews from Wigan fire station were called around 9pm yesterday (Friday, June 22) to reports of a blaze near a disused building at Eckersley Mills in Fourteen Meadows Road.

Persons of unknown age had gained access to the site by trespassing through the back of Wigan Roller Rink, and started a fire on the premises.

They then added tyres onto the pile of burning materials, which caused large amounts of smoke. Two engines remained at the scene for over an hour to extinguish the fire, and firefighters liaised with staff from the roller rink to ascertain how the culprits had got into the disused buildings.