Huge blaze at scrap­yard

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● FOUR fire engines were re­quired to put out a huge scrap­yard blaze at Hale­bank In­dus­trial Es­tate.

Fire crews from Run­corn, Pen­keth, Birchwood and Lymm at­tended the scene on Pick­er­ings Road, as well as crews from Mersey­side, af­ter emer­gency ser­vices were called at 10.36am last Tue­say.

The fire sent thick plumes of black smoke high into the air at the back of Hale­bank In­dus­trial Es­tate.

Cheshire Fire And Res­cue Ser­vice said: “Fire­fight­ers dealt with a fire at a scrap­yard on Pick­er­ings Road in Widnes.

“Crews wear­ing four breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus, at­tended to find tyres and scrap cars well alight.

“The build­ing was pro­tected with water jets and a team in­side the build­ing con­ducted a ther­mal scan. A 45mm jet was used to dampen down the area and make it safe.”

A wit­ness said: “I could see the smoke from Aller­ton Ceme­tery, so I de­cided to drive down there and see what was hap­pen­ing.

“I came in on to Pick­er­ings Road. I tried to walk up there close enough to do some pic­tures.

“There’s mul­ti­ple ap­pli­ances in at­ten­dance, I’ve got four or five in sight at the mo­ment.”

The on­looker de­scribed ‘dense black smoke’, and said the fire had drawn a small crowd who were keeping a safe dis­tance.

Videos of the fire emerged on Twit­ter and one user said the in­ci­dent fea­tured sev­eral ex­plo­sions.

They said: “Proper big in­ferno in Widnes.

“Ex­plo­sions go­ing off all the time.“


Fire at Widnes in­dus­trial es­tate

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