Preston recycling plant fire: Pictures reveal aftermath of huge early morning blaze

Around 40 firefighters have been battling a blaze at a recycling plant near Preston this morning.

Wednesday, 26th June 2019, 1:28 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th June 2019, 2:28 pm
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service sent a Stinger high pressure unit from Blackburn to help bring the blaze under control

Six crews from Preston, Penwortham, Bamber Bridge, Fulwood, Longridge and Blackburn were called to the blaze at Sita Waste Management on the Red Scar Business Park shortly before 5am.

The fire is in a unit measuring approximately 25 metres by 25 metres containing recyclable waste of 'unknown properties', say fire chiefs
The fire is now under control and remaining crews are damping down and checking for hotspots

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said it is too early at this stage to say what the cause is, but there is nothing at the moment to suggest it was deliberate
The Stinger unit attended from Blackburn to help fight pockets of fire that were difficult to reach
Warning signs for smoke were set on the motorway between junctions 31 and 31A due to the danger of drifting smoke
The fire has caused extensive damage to the Sita Waste Management site at Red Scar Business Park in Preston
As many as 40 firefighters helped extinguish the fire which was first reported at 4.52am (June 26)
The blaze was caused by a quantity of rubbish that caught fire in an outbuilding at the waste management site in Longridge Road, Preston
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire has now been extinguished but one fire engine will remain to monitor any flare ups or check for heat spots
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service sent a Stinger high pressure unit from Blackburn to help bring the blaze under control