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.

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