Ormskirk Fire Crew attend barn blaze in Bickerstaffe

On the 31/07/2018 at 02:35am, the Fire Service were called to a  barn Fire at New Way, Bickerstaffe.

4 crews and an Air support Unit attended the blaze which took approximately three hours to extinguish.

The Fire Service were alerted after a member of the public dialled 999. On approach, crews could see a large billows of smoke and on arrival, they were met with a well-developed fire involving plant machinery and a large quantity of timber across two large barns.

The first crews forced entry into one barn and three teams equipped with breathing apparatus and fire fighting equipment tackled the fire from both sides.

A strict cordon was placed around the scene as asbestos was suspected to have been part of the roof construction, and still remains in place. In total twenty firefighters supported by a specialist Hazardous Materials officer and the Air Support Unit gained control of the fire after nearly three hours.

It is believed that the fire had been burning for some time before being discovered by a neighbour.

On this occasion, there were no casualties, but the fire caused severe damage to two barns and contents.

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