Investigations are underway into the cause of a huge fire at a warehouse in Widnes
Cheshire Fire provided WireFM with this log of the incident :
Firefighters have been called to a report of a fire on Tan House Lane in Widnes.
We are currently dealing with a large fire on Tan House Lane in Widnes. Please avoid area if possible. Also keep windows and doors closed— Cheshire Fire (@CheshireFire) 20 April 2017
When they arrived they were confronted with a large blaze involving a warehouse and an amount of plastic and cardboard. This was causing a huge plume of black smoke that can be seen for miles.
There are currently 15 fire engines and an aerial appliance at the scene. The site has been fully evacuated and crews are tackling the blaze with hose reels and main water jets.
Roads surrounding the incident have been closed and people are being advised to stay away.
Also please keep doors and windows shut if you live nearby.
Crews are likely to be there for some time.
We are still at the scene alongside other emergency services. Progress is being made but we will remain at the scene for some time to come. Road closures are still in place so please avoid the area. Also if you live near by continue to keep your windows and doors shut.
Really good progress has been made to bring the blaze under control. The smoke has reduced but it is still best to avoid the area and keep windows shut.
Most of the roads have now been opened again. Although Moss Bank Lane remains closed.
Public Health England have also issued the following advice for anyone who may have inhaled smoke. They said: "It’s important that local residents understand that the risks to their health are low, however because any smoke is an irritant, it can make people’s eyes and throat sore. People with asthma and other respiratory conditions may be particularly susceptible to the smoke and should carry and use their medication (such as inhalers) as usual. The general advice therefore remains that if possible people should try to remain out of the smoke. If you have any concerns about the smoke’s impact on your health please call your GP surgery for advice, following any instructions for out of hours services, or contact the NHS 111 service (which is free from both landlines and mobiles and open 24/7)."
The number of fire engines has been reduced to 10. Good progress continues to be made but crews will remain at the scene throughout the night.
Although the smoke has reduced people are still urged to keep their windows and doors shut. Anyone suffering from any negative effects should follow the advice issued by Public Health in our last update.
As of yet the cause of the fire has not been determined.