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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.

Fire shuts down South Quay in Isle of Man capital

Black smoke was captured pouring out of a building on South Quay in Douglas. Credit: Callum Staley, Twitter

A serious fire on the Isle of Man is being dealth with by the Fire and Rescue Service at South Quay, Douglas.

The fire is believed to have started this afternoon at a plastering and flooring company.

Members of the public have been evacuated from nearby buildings and residents have been told to keep doors and windows locked due to the nature of asbestos and other chemicals that could be present in the smoke.

Police cordons have been put in place from the Swing Bridge to Bridge Road and power supplies have been turned off.

A large emergency services presence in Douglas. Credit: Peter McKenna

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Apartment block fire brought under control

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Apartment block fire in Manchester's Northern Quarter Credit: Manchester Evening News

A fire in an apartment block in Manchester's Northern Quarter has been brought under control.

More than 50 fire fighters have been tackling the blaze in the Tib Street area.

Photos taken at the scene show several floors affected by flames and smoke.

It's not clear yet whether there have been any casualties.


Police appeal for witnesses following 'deliberate' house fire in Preston

Police tape Credit: Press Association

Police are appealing for witnesses following a "deliberate" fire at at a terraced house in Preston.

The fire on Wellington Road is said to have started at around 3pm on Saturday July 8th.

Police say that no-one was at home when the fire started, although the property has been significantly damaged.

“This incident could have been a lot worse and it is lucky that nobody was hurt and the fire did not spread to any neighbouring properties. However it did cause a large amount of damage to the house in question.

“The fires were started in broad daylight and we believe somebody may have been in the area at the time who saw or heard something that didn’t seem quite right. If you have any information, we would urge you to contact us as soon as possible.”

– DC Jat Bunger, of Preston CID

Police have asked anyone with information to call them on (01772) 209746 or 101, quoting log number 979 of July 8th.

Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online at

Roof collapses in St Helens paintball centre fire

An aerial appliance is being used to tackle the fire on Borough Road. Credit: Andy Bonner, ITV News

Merseyside Fire and Rescue says the incident has been divided into sections in order to deal with the fire.

Part of the roof of the building has collapsed and a large number of tyres are involved in the fire.

The nearby Pilkington's factory has been evacuated but emergency services say it is not currently affected by the fire.

Residents are being advised to keep doors and windows shut until further notice.

Investigation launched into Salford warehouse fire

Old computer parts destroyed in the fire at an industrial warehouse. Credit: Michael Worrall/ITV News

An investigation has been launched into a warehouse fire in Salford.

Twenty people had to be evacuated from their homes after a fire at the Wardley Industrial Estate, in Swinton, brought down an overhead power cable, damaging the roof of a house and hanging low across the road.

Firefighters worked through the night into Sunday morning to bring the fire under control.

Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are working to find out the cause of the fire at the recycling plant.

Roads in the area have now reopened and people have been allowed to return to their homes.

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