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Firefighters tackle waste recycling fire in Lancashire

Fire brought under control Image copyright Lancashire Fire
Image caption Eight appliances from Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside tackled the blaze

A large blaze at a waste material recycling plant in Lancashire has been brought under control.

Firefighters from Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester were called to the unit in Simonswood, West Lancashire at 04:00 BST.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze was "surrounded" about two hours after it started.

Residents have been told to close windows and doors as a precaution. The cause of the fire is unknown.

A Lancashire fire spokesman said: "Crews are gaining access to seats of fire to ensure they can effectively dampen down the site."

Image copyright Lancashire Fire
Image caption The plant houses a mixture of household recyclable waste

Four fire engines from Lancashire were initially brought in to tackle the fire.

Additional appliances from Greater Manchester and Merseyside, along with engineers from United Utilities assisted with water relay at the site.

Image copyright Lancashire Fire
Image caption Firefighters contained the fire using ground monitors
Image copyright Lancashire Fire
Image caption The cause of the fire is unknown

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