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John Taylor from Lancashire Fire and Rescue told Granada Reports that the scale and intensity of the blaze that started at a Blackburn mill last night meant the fire was treated as a "Major incident".

Fire and Rescue services throughout the country have been on a four day strike in the run up to Bonfire night in a row over pensions.

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North West firefighters due to strike from noon

Firefighters across the North West are due to go on strike later today.

FBU members go on strike Credit: PA

Members of the Fire Brigade Union will strike for five hours from midday in a row over pensions.

It is the first of three days of industrial action planned over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said:

“The public should be reassured that our staff will maintain a significant emergency response capability during industrial action on May 2, May 3 and May 4 and 999 calls will be answered and responded to.

“During any industrial action we always ask the public to show extra care and vigilance.”

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