Lancashire M-way worker praised for petrol fire action

An employee's quick actions prevented a fire engulfing a petrol station on the M61 motorway, firefighters say.

The woman discovered the fire in an electrical cupboard at Bolton West Services on the southbound carriageway, south of Chorley, in the early hours.

About 30 firefighters were sent to the scene and worked to stop the flames spreading from the old shop to underground fuel tanks.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze is under way.

The alarm was raised at about 0645 BST, prompting a response from Lancashire and Greater Manchester fire services.

Keith Armstrong, Lancashire watch manager, paid tribute to the service station worker, who did not want to be named.

"She raised the alarm, isolated the electrical switches for the petrol pumps and alarmed the fire service," he said

"It was the quick actions by the lady concerned that stopped it from escalating any further."

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