UPDATE: Fire rages at Fleetwood tip

Picture by Kira Ainscough

Picture by Kira Ainscough

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Firefighters are battling a ‘major fire’ at a warehouse on Jameson Road in Fleetwood.

A single-storey building containing 3,000 tonnes of baled plastic waste went up in flames at around 6.40pm.Fire engines and crews from Fleetwood, Blackpool, Bispham, Wesham, St Annes and South Shore rushed to the scene after hearing reports of smoke and flames. A high volume water pump from Burnley, an aerial ladder platform from Hyndburn and a command unit from Fulwood were also brought in to help control the blaze.

Picture by Kira Ainscough

Picture by Kira Ainscough

The location is some distance away from a water source for firefighting and a ‘relay’ had to be set up to pump water from fire engine to fire engine in order to reach the fire.

Bales of waste stacked on land surrounding the warehouse are currently being protected by water jets to prevent the fire from spreading further.

Pictures taken at the scene at around 7.30pm showed huge clouds of smoke billowing into the air.

Fleetwood area police have advised residents to avoid the area and keep their doors and windows closed.

Picture by Kira Ainscough

Picture by Kira Ainscough

A road closure has been put in place on Fleetwood Road between Eros Roundabout and Bourne Way due to the number of fire engines at the scene.

A police spokesman wrote on social media: “We have had some children trying to approach the site whom we have had to turn away. Please ensure your children do not come to watch.”

No casualties have been reported.

More to follow.

Picture by Kira Ainscough

Picture by Kira Ainscough