Send us news by text, start your message World News and your send photos and videos to 80360
MAJOR FIRE IN WIDNES
9:30am Monday 22nd October 2012 in News
Enable automatic updates every 30 seconds? YES NO
SPECIALIST heavy lifting equipment will be brought on to the site as fire crews continue to clear the burning debris.
A Cheshire Fire Service spokesman said: "A meeting has taken place on site this morning with building control inspectors and other agencies.
"It was agreed that specialist heavy lifting equipment will be brought onto the site to work alongside fire crews in clearing and damping down the burning debris. This is expected to start later today and it is likely to take several days to complete.
"There is still light smoke coming from the site, so householders in the area are being urged to keep their doors and windows shut."
Still fighting the fire at the Widnes warehouse. Lots of smoke, so residents keep windows shut. Road still closed. http://t.co/kkvEFwOY— @CheshireFire 23 October 2012
FIRE crews are expecting to remain at the scene of a major warehouse blaze in Widnes for the next 24 hours at least.
They have now scaled back their operation and road closures are limited to Johnson’s Lane itself and a 250 metres stretch of Gorsey Lane either side of the junction.
Four fire engines are still at the scene together with two hydraulic platforms and a high volume pump to ensure water supplies to the site.
Group manager Mike Anderson said: “We are working with nearby haulage companies to allow them temporary access to their sites, however, premises immediately adjacent to the site will remain closed while we continue to tackle the incident.”
The amount of smoke coming off the site has reduced overnight and while there are no immediate safety concerns, further air monitoring is being carried out this morning.
As a precaution, however, householders in the area are being urged to keep their doors and windows shut.
.@runcornworld Four engines still at the scene of the warehouse fire in Widnes this morning. For full update see our website.— @hayleytuttsmith 23 October 2012
If you live near the site of the #widnes fire make sure your windows and doors remain shut. Crews still damping down at the scene.— @hayleytuttsmith 22 October 2012
FIRE crews remain at the scene of the incident and are continuing to fight the fire.
A Cheshire Fire Service spokesman said residents should continue to keep their doors and windows shut as there is still a large amount of smoke coming from the fire.
This is likely to continue throughout the night and into tomorrow.
He added: "Firefighters are doing all they can to bring this difficult fire under control.
"We would like to thank the community for their patience."
Firefighters warn that the disruption caused to nearby residents and businesses is likely to continue for the next few days.
Firefighters say disruption to residents and businesses affected by the warehouse blaze in Widnes could continue over the next few days— @hayleytuttsmith 22 October 2012
Just back from Widnes warehouse fire but crews will be there well into tomorrow. Gd news that smoke is no cause for concern— @TimBevington 22 October 2012
Firefighters continue to damp down the fire.
There are now eight fire engines at the scene - two aerial platforms, the command unit, one high volume pump, a breathing apparatus vehicle and a welfare unit.
Locals are STILL being urged to keep their doors and windows closed. Drivers told to avoid the area if possible #Widnes #Cheshire #fire— @MartaNewman 22 October 2012
Veolia Recycling plant in Widnes on fire. Christ, I hope no one is hurt.— @HoboCastro 22 October 2012
Firefighters remain at the scene fighting the fire, which has now been contained to the warehouse.
Due to the smoke being given off from the site, residents are being urged to stay away from the area and to keep doors and windows closed.
Roads remain closed.
Just started to rain here and the fire is still going strong in widnes !— @markhunter12 22 October 2012
No work for the nxt few days due to the fire on the recycling plant in widnes, Dont know if the vehicles are ok or burnt to the ground.— @ianrfc68 22 October 2012
Video of the blaze
RT @Iansharratt75: @KeriEldridge i work next door to the warehouse fire in Widnes, can't get anywhere near to take pics, roads still closed.— @KeriEldridge 22 October 2012
Big fire over in widnes this morning !! http://t.co/zksveaK7— @markhunter12 22 October 2012
RT @hayleytuttsmith: Drivers urged to avoid area near Johnsons Lane, Widnes following a massive fire overnight. 60 firefighters tackling the blaze.— @Jamesy_5441 22 October 2012
Ground monitors are being used around the site to damp down the flames and the hydraulic platform is being used to put water on to the warehouse units where recycling material continues to burn.