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Police investigating cause of west Cumbrian fire

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Cumbria Police are investigating the cause of a large fire in west Cumbria.

The fire broke out at the former Alcan factory site in Lillyhall just before 11pm on Wednesday 4 July.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

The site contains high levels of asbestos and police are urging anyone that was on the site to consider seeking medical attention.

Officers say they are working alongside firefighters to establish the cause.

We are working with the fire service to establish the circumstances and to identify any potential causes.

During initial investigative work it has become clear that the site contains high level of asbestos which could be harmful to those that have been in close proximity. I would urge anyone that may have been on the site to seek medical attention.

There is no suggestion that the fire would cause any ill-health to the wider public."

– Detective Inspector Matt Scott

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Firefighters tackle grass fire at St Bees

Fire crews worked through the night to tackle the fire. Credit: ITV Border

Fire crews in west Cumbria have worked through the night to bring a grass fire at St Bees Head under control.

The fire began in the evening on Tuesday 12 June.

Six crews stopped the fire from spreading past a perimeter and allowed it to burn out.

It's believed the fire was started accidentally by a discarded cigarette.

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The crews managed to ensure the fire didn't endanger the nearby guillemot nests.

Flames and smoke could be seen for miles.

A lifeboat crew from Workington was called out to help assess the situation.

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Front Street in Brampton remains closed after electrical fire

Front Street in Brampton remains closed in both directions between Gelt Road and Carlisle Road, following an electrical fire.

It happened around 4pm on Wednesday 30 May.

The fire was caused when a mains electricity cable shorted outside St Martin's Church.

Nearby homes and businesses - including the church - were temporarily evacuated.

A number of properties were without power for several hours whilst the cable was isolated and made safe by workmen.

Repairs are ongoing and the road has remained closed for more than 48 hours.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Teenagers charged after fire at former Selkirk mill

Fire crews tackling the blaze at the former Heather Mills site Credit: ITV Border

Two teenagers, aged 12 and 13, have been charged in connection with a fire that broke out at a derelict mill in Selkirk.

Police and fire crews were called to the incident at the former Heather Mills site on South Bridge Street, on Sunday 18 March.

A report will be submitted to the Children’s Reporter.

Police investigate 'suspicious' blaze at former Selkirk mill

Fire crews tackling the blaze at the former Heather Mills site Credit: ITV Border

Investigations are underway after a fire broke out at a derelict mill in Selkirk.

It started at the former Heather Mills site on South Bridge Street just after 6pm on Sunday.

The building was well alight and it took fire crews four hours to extinguish the blaze.

Police Scotland said the fire is being treated as suspicious and enquiries are ongoing.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact 101, quoting incident number 3138 of 18 March.

Historic cottage fire treated as suspicious

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A fire which devastated a historic cottage near Dumfries is now being treated as suspicious.

The fire was discovered at Cruck Cottage in Torthorwald at around 10.55pm on Tuesday 9 January and caused extensive damage to the Grade A listed building.

A joint fire investigation will take place later today. Anyone with information should call 101 quoting PDG 0007240118.


Vehicle fire closes A69

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A vehicle fire closed the A69 near Bardon Mill both ways between Well Bank (Bardon Mill) and A686 (Haydon Bridge).

Temporary traffic lights were later put in place while a damaged telegraph pole was repaired. The traffic lights have since been removed and repairs are now complete.

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