Fifty firefighters tackle huge fire overnight at Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses in Longridge

The blaze broke out at around 10pm on Monday 6 November. Credit: Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service

Around fifty firefighters have spent the night tackling a large fire at an industrial estate in Preston.

Crews were called to Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses in Longridge at around 10pm on Monday 7 November.

A total of 10 fire engines attended along with two aerial ladder platforms, one stinger appliance, a drone unit, a high-volume pump, and a command unit.

Longridge High School and St Cecila's RC High School in Longridge are closed today due to the fire.

Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses posted on social media at 11.20pm saying: "We can confirm that Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are currently at the scene of a fire at our office and packing site on Shay Lane in Longridge. We will update further as we know more."

Residents in the area were told to keep windows and doors closed and 'avoid the area'.

In an update this morning, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: "We have six fire engines in attendance, along with two aerial ladder platforms from Hyndburn and Blackpool, and the command support unit from Blackburn."Firefighters are continuing to dampen down the fire. Please continue to avoid the area."

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