UPDATE: Company comments after firefighters prevent disaster by putting out truck fire next to thousands of litres of diesel

FIRE: The scene of the fire, sand and gravel supplier S Ollerton Ltd.
FIRE: The scene of the fire, sand and gravel supplier S Ollerton Ltd.
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A disaster was narrowly avoided after a truck caught fire metres away from thousands of litres of diesel.

Firefighters from Chorley and Bamber Bridge reacted quickly to put out the blaze, which could be "seen for miles", at the S. Ollerton Ltd premises on Banks Industrial Estate, Ackhurst Road, Chorley.

The incident, which took place at around 3pm yesterday, involved a truck catching fire next to a tank of diesel as it was delivering road salt to the gravel and sand supplier. Chorley Fire Service say the cause of the fire was electrical.

Firefighter Pete Jones, from Bamber Bridge Fire Service said: "The vehicle was completely destroyed but no-one was hurt as the driver managed to get to safety. Luckily there wasn't much damage anywhere else otherwise it could have been much worse."

And managing director at S Ollerton Ltd, Chris Langson, said: "The truck was from an outside contractor delivering road salt in preparation for the winter. It's then caught fire but as you'd expect the fire service did an exceptionally professional job and no-one was hurt. It hasn't really affected us as luckily there was no damage to our property."