Lancashire

Arson suspected in Padiham recycling plant blaze

Padiham fire
Image caption Firefighters believe the fire was started deliberately

A fire which sent a huge plume of thick black smoke from a recycling plant in Lancashire was probably caused deliberately, the fire service said.

Firefighters spent the night damping down after the blaze at a plastics recycling plant in Padiham on Wednesday afternoon.

Fire crews were confronted with burning bales of plastic, and the smoke could be seen for miles around.

A fire service spokesman confirmed that arson was the suspected cause.