Over 20 fire engines rush to battle huge blaze at Birtwistle Mill in Haslingden

A major incident has been declared after firefighters were alerted to a huge blaze which had broken out at Birtwistle Mill in Haslingden.

Thursday, 7th January 2021, 6:25 pm

14 fire engines from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and seven from Greater Manchester have been called to the scene.

Crews were first called to the incident in Jubilee Road, which involved a "200m x 90m commercial mill building", at around 12.30pm today.

Firefighters battled the flames using eight water jets and a ground monitor, as well an aerial ladder platform, high volume pump and a stinger appliance.

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No injuries have been reported, but police have confirmed the size of the fire triggered Operation Merlin - an emergency services plan which comes into effect during major incidents.

In an update posted at 4.30pm, a spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Fire fighting operations are continuing using aerial support from both Manchester and Lancashire fire service.

"The fire is now under control however there is likely to be a number of fire engines at the scene for some time yet dampening down.

"The cause of the fire is still under investigation however, there is currently no reason to believe that it is suspicious.

Over 20 fire engines were sent to tackle the blaze. (Credit: @Lancs_FireDCFO)

Approximately 30 homes were evacuated due to the blaze as a precaution and Grane Road was shut in both directions.

The slip road connecting the A56 to Grane Road and a section of Jubilee Road was also been closed while the fire is brought under control.

"We are currently dealing with a large fire at the bottom of the Grane Road near the A56 and Grane Road is currently closed off," a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

"Avoid this area if you can and we will let you know as soon as we can re-open it."

Fire crews were first called to the incident in Jubilee Road, at around 12.30pm. (Credit: @LancashireFRS)

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