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Investigations into cause of huge moorland fire

More than 80 firefighters and 11 engines from at least five fire stations across Lancashire attended the scene. Credit: MEN Media

Investigations are underway into what caused a massive moorland fire.

It took firefighters, helicopters and beaters more than five hours to bring the blaze near Saddleworth Moor under control.

At its worst it covered an area of 2km x 2km, sending billows of smoke across the sky.

Several passengers of aeroplanes landing at Manchester Airport tweeted their shock at the sight of smoke reaching so high up into the sky. Credit: MEN Media

When I first saw it the fire was the size of a few cars, a few minutes later it was the size of a football pitch,

– Ella Stacey, raised the alarm

More than 80 firefighters and 11 engines from at least five fire stations across Lancashire attended the scene. They were assisted by two helicopters from Oldham Mountain Rescue that were used to drop gallons of water on the blaze from above.

It is unclear at the moment what started the fire, which happened on the warmest day of the year so far and the hottest April day for almost 70 years.