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Video: 100 firefighters tackle Preston industrial blaze

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One hundred firefighters have spent the night tackling a blaze at a recycling company in Preston.

Crews were called to the fire on Longridge Road at around nine thirty last night. An investigation's underway - firefighters are expected to remain at the scene throughout the day.

This video was shot by the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service:

Firefighters tackle biggest fire Kendal has seen in 20 years

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Firefighters have spent a third day at the scene of what they say is the biggest fire the town of Kendal in Cumbria has seen for 20 years. The fire on Westmorland Business Park began on Saturday night.

At its peak, around 60 firefighters battled the flames, which could be seen across much of the area. Small fires are still breaking out in the building and investigations into the cause are now underway.

From Kendal, Fiona Marley Paterson had this report:


Fire at recycling plant in Salford

The fire started at the plant in Duncan Street last night Credit: Twitter/Stephanie Mizon

People living near a recycling plant in Salford have been told to keep their doors and windows shut after a fire started last night.

Fire crews were called to the paper recycling factory after bales of paper caught alight. All roads in the area are still open.

Smoke from a fire in Salford


Police identify house fire victim

House where 3 people died in a fire. Credit: ITV Granada

Police have identified a woman who was among three people who died after a fire in Bolton.The fire broke out in the early hours of the 9th of December at a house on Albert Road West, Heaton.

74-year-old Dolleh Joseph was found in an upstairs bedroom and died later in hospital.

A post mortem examination to establish the cause of death has taken place. Police are treating the deaths as suspicious.

Fire investigation "likely to last several days"

The middle-aged couple living at the house were named locally as Hassan and Mona Rafie. It is thought they were Iranian and that an elderly relative may have been staying with them.

From our initial assessment of the scene we can't easily establish a non-suspicious cause.

"We are not presently looking for anyone in connection with the inquiry but the investigation could change tack if we get new information.

"The people in the house are not known to the police in any significant or relevant way."

– Chief Superintendent Dave Hull, Greater Manchester Police

Neighbour, Maria Taylor, 48, said she was woken by the sound of fire engines and then heard smashing glass as firefighters broke in to gain access to the property.

There were some flames initially and then a lot of smoke coming from the kitchen area. It was going up the stairwell, up to the landing.

"An ambulance then arrived and a body was brought out. They were doing CPR on the person in the garden at the front. The fire was put out pretty quickly."

– Maria Taylor, neighbour
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