Burning plastic at Horwich recycling plant blaze causes 'toxic' smoke

Firefighters at the scene Firefighters from Lancashire and Greater Manchester have been tackling the blaze at the recycling plant in Horwich

Residents have been urged to keep doors and windows closed due to "toxic smoke" caused by a blaze at a recycling plant in Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were called to Horwich Loco Industrial Estate, off Chorley New Road in Bolton, at about 00:25 GMT.

About 40 firefighters tackled the fire, which involved a lot of plastic.

Firefighters at the scene The fire at the recycling plant started at about 00:25 GMT

Wayne Guffogg, from GMFRS, said "toxic smoke" had been "coming off [from the fire] for several hours".

The station manager said: "Firefighters worked hard to contain the fire to the building involved and stop it spreading to neighbouring businesses.

"We worked with local businesses to reopen the roads on the industrial estate and allow workers to go about their day to day business."

Fire service dealing with the blaze The fire service said the blaze, off Chorley New Road, has caused "toxic smoke"

The incident has been scaled down to about 15 firefighters, GMFRS said.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Manchester

Weather

Manchester

5 °C 1 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • The AmericansThe good guys?

    A US TV show examining the Cold War is offering a radical revision of history, writes Eric Kohn

Programmes

  • A car being driven by Cruise Automation technologyClick Watch

    The tech which could allow any car with an automatic gearbox to become self-driving

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.