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Preston wood mill fire: Watch fire service update as homes evacuated

Posted on - 21st June, 2016 - 2:26pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Penwortham, Walton-le-Dale

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Firefighters have evacuated nine homes near to a major fire at a sawdust mill close to Preston.

Due to the level of smoke coming from the fire in Church Lane, Lostock Hall the homes have been temporarily evacuated.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said they expected to be tackling the fire at Whitfire Shavings mill into the evening.

The fire began around 9am on Tuesday (21 June) and quickly spread around the industrial premises.

Ten fire engines are tackling the flames and the fire service said they hopef to release five of the crews back shortly after 1pm.

Whitfire Shavings mill fire, as seen from many different angles

Whitfire Shavings mill fire, as seen from many different angles

Related: Watch smoke billow from the fire in Lostock Hall

Several of the bulk sawdust warehouses were on fire, sending smoke billowing across the area – with the fire able to be seen from 10 miles away.

An aerial ladder crew were sent from Preston to join the teams tackling the fire.

The fire service said no one had been injured in the blaze.

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